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Nies, Troy Sterling
b. 1974
Discipline: Music/Composer

Photo of TroyTroy Sterling Nies’ music career began at age 5 while listening to The London Philharmonic perform Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in C Minor and John Williams’ “Star Wars” film score in all their glory on his Fisher-Price record player.  At that point he knew he wanted to compose and play piano.  His grandmother, Sonja Nies – a longstanding New Salem organist, set him up with a piano.  He began piano lessons and studied under Arlene Gray throughout his school years.

During a highly influential period, Mr. John Warren, Mr. Bill Franke and Mr. Gene Mosbrucker whipped Troy into shape at Mandan Sr. High.  Troy later studied with Dr. Tom Porter and Prof. Erv Ely while at Bismarck State College.  It was during this time that Troy experimented with rock bands, electronic music and composing for large ensembles.  He later graduated from Dickinson State University with a B.A. in Music.  While there, he studied under Dr. Dianne Hardy (piano) and Dr. Arthur Svoboda (band).  During his time at DSU, he received the MTNA composing award in the state of N.D. three times, and later received a regional award.  Dr. Dianne Hardy and Troy started the “all new music” concert series at DSU.

Taking a break from music and composing in 2000, Troy trained as a firefighter and paramedic.  He graduated from BSC with an A.A.S. degree in Paramedicine.  Troy currently works as a full-time paramedic for the Killdeer Area Ambulance service.  In 2005, Troy made his debut in the film industry with the original score for the silent film, “The Call of Cthulhu.” The film continues to receive world-wide acclaim and has since been screened in over 24 countries around the world.  As a result, Troy has been scoring independent films, CD projects, radio and television commercials.  Currently, Troy is working on incidental music for ‘Theatre Banshee’s” Burbank, California theatre production of  Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, part 1”.  He has also been selected to compose an all original score for the upcoming film, “The Whisperer In Darkness.” For more information, visit

Troy Sterling Nies
P.O.Box 717
Killdeer, N.D. 58640

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