Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Grace-Mary Burega’s family moved to the Boston, Massachusetts area while she was still a toddler. There, Burega fell in love with jazz by watching the TV show, “The Simpsons,” where Lisa Simpson plays the baritone saxophone and listens to Miles Davis’ “Birth of the Cool”. A woodwind multi-instrumentalist, Burega performs on alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; clarinet and bass clarinet; and the flute, piccolo and alto flute. Burega began composing for herself on woodwinds, which led to an interest in writing for media as a way to help causes she believes in.
Burega is currently a Masters of Music in film scoring student at Berklee Online. She was awarded a scholarship to study her undergrad degree at Berklee College of Music, where she studied Film & TV Scoring and the saxophone and was awarded the Robert Share Award to celebrate her outstanding achievements in the Film Scoring Department. Grace-Mary was selected by the Society of Composers and Lyricists to be part of their New York mentorship program for media composers in 2020-2021.
Burega has written the music for several media projects, such as music for videos from the organization Women in Film and Video New England. She is currently scoring the dark comedy "Deep Sleep" by Kelsey Llewellyn and Pippa White's suspense film "Can I Help You?", in addition to Jonathon Hill's Civil War documentary "In Their Words". She recently composed the scores to the lighthearted drama "Mo" by Bridget Connell, the dark comedy "My Friend Gertie" by Gabe Shapera, and Pippa White's horror movie "Chloe Knight." Burega co-composed the score to the comedy short film “Granny Panties” by Anna Abbanat. Burega composed original music for three climate change PSAs for Boston University's Hothouse Productions and Litton Entertainment, which are a call to action for climate change. Burega wrote for a documentary short film on the results of the Rwandan genocide directed by Beth Murphy. Burega also wrote the score for Beijing Film Academy graduate, Liao Kang's experimental short film “Hypersomnia”. Burega was the main title composer for Nikki McGovern's online web series, called "Grow Up".
Burega is currently a board member and volunteer for the Female Composer Safety League, a new organization created to ensure the safety, advancement, and empowerment of female, LGBTQN, and POC composers in the music composing industry. She is also the Online Representative for the Berklee Film Scoring Network. As a student leader she has had the opportunity to lead interviews with Olafur Arnalds, Anne Dudley, Tina Guo, Michael Abels, Nathan Barr and Carter Burwell, among others.
Burega has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, Boston’s Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and the Berklee Performance Center. Burega has studied the saxophone with Bill Pierce and George Garzone, and has received numerous Berklee scholarships for her achievements on the saxophone: the Joseph E. Viola Award, the Paul Wagner Award, the Lester Lanin Award, and the Professional Performance Division Woodwind Award.