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United States - Florida

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Terry Lee Nichols

Terry Lee Nichols is an American composer and pianist specializing in cinematic, new age, and adult contemporary music.

Early Life
Terry grew up in Miami, Florida and was always immersed in the world of sound. He enjoyed analyzing musical structures, arranging, composing, performing and conducting. During high school, he often arranged popular tunes for his school marching band as well as composing and arranging music for school stage shows.

Terry attended Florida State University, California Institute of the Arts and Brandeis University on scholarships that include a Disney Foundation Scholarship, Roy. O Disney Scholarship, CalArts Scholarship and Brandeis Foundation Fellowship. He holds an MFA in Music Composition and Theory.

His style is a mixture of cinematic, new age, and minimalist classical music. Contemporary classical influential composers range from John Adams and Philip Glass to George Crumb and Hal Budd. He also derives inspiration from the music of several leading film score composers including Thomas Newman and Hans Zimmer.

While attending college in Los Angeles, Terry composed music for a number of national commercials and served as an apprentice to Randy Van Horne and Nathan Scott scoring documentary films, television shows and movies. As a classically trained composer, he left Los Angeles to work on his Ph.D. at Brandeis. At that time his interest in music and technology began to lead down a lucrative path in the software field. His aptitude for large-scale systems design brought him to the attention of several leading enterprise software firms. He later formed his own company that was eventually sold to a leading vendor.

Current Activities
Currently, Terry manages dual careers in music and enterprise software management.