New York, NY, March 28, 2008:
ASCAP Foundation President Marilyn Bergman has announced the recipients of the 2008 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The young composers will be recognized at the 9th Annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at The Times Center in New York on May 22, 2008.
Congratulating the Award recipients, Marilyn Bergman said, "The Morton Gould Awards recognize and encourage talented young creators of Concert Music. We congratulate the gifted young composer winners who were selected from nearly 600 submissions, by our dedicated ASCAP composer/judges. This year, there are 32 recipients ranging in age from 6 to 30. These talented young people represent the bright future of American Concert Music."
Established in 1979, with funding from the Jack and Amy Norworth Memorial Fund , The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards program grants cash prizes to young Concert Music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition. These composers may be American citizens, permanent residents, or students possessing US Student Visas.
Morton Gould, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, served as President of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation from 1986 – 1994. Gould, an eminent and versatile American composer, was a child prodigy whose first composition was published by G. Schirmer when he was only six years of age. To honor Gould's lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators, the annual ASCAP Foundation Young Composer program was dedicated to his memory, following his death in 1996.
The award-winning composers share prizes of approximately $45,000, including the Leo Kaplan Award, in memory of the distinguished attorney who served as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor, the Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship for a composer 18 years of age or younger, and grants from The ASCAP Foundation John DeVries, Jack Norworth, Joseph Meyer and Morton Gould Funds. Jack Norworth wrote such standards as "Shine On Harvest Moon" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." The Awards are also sponsored by Sibelius, the music notation software company, which generously awards the recipients with free software.
The 2008 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards recipients are listed with their current residence, and place of origin: Timothy Andres
of New Haven, CT (Palo Alto, CA); Ryan Brown
of San Francisco, CA (Upland, CA); Paul Dooley
of Ann Arbor, MI (Santa Rosa, CA); Sean Friar
of Princeton, NJ (Santa Monica, CA); Judd Greenstein
of Brooklyn, NY (New York, NY); Eric Guinivan
of Los Angeles, CA (Wilmington, DE); Trevor Gureckis
of Astoria, NY (Charleston, SC); Evan Johnson
Providence, RI (Washington, DC); Elizabeth A. Kelly
of Rochester, NY (New York, NY); Martin Kennedy
of St. Louis, MO (Wakefield, England); Angel Lam
of New Haven, CT (Hong Kong, China); Wei-Chieh Lin
of New York, NY (Taichung, Taiwan); Javier Jimmy Lopez
of Emeryville, CA (Lima, Peru); Paula Matthusen
of Brooklyn, NY (Tempe, AZ); Missy Mazzoli
of Brooklyn, NY (Abington, PA); Eric Nathan
of Larchmont, NY (New York, NY); Douglas Pew
of Erlanger, KY (Redwood City, CA); Chris Rogerson
of Philadelphia, PA (Buffalo, NY); Kenneth David Stewart
of Houston, TX (Carrolton, TX); John Supko
of Centreville, VA (Valley Stream, NY); Zachary Wadsworth
of Ithaca, NY (Buffalo, NY); Daniel Wohl
of New York, NY (Paris, France);
and Cynthia Wong
of New York, NY (Schenectady, NY).
The youngest ASCAP Foundation Composer Awards recipients range in age from 6 to 18 and are listed by state of residence: Emily Bear
, age 6 (IL); Yuri Boguinia
, age 16 (CO); Peng-Peng Gong
, age 15 (NY) Andrew Hsu
, age 13 (CA); Jane Lange
, age 9 (CA); Thomas Reeves
, age 13 (NY); Natasha Sinha,
age 17 (MA); Conrad Tao
, age 13 (NY); and Siddarth Viswanathan
, age 15 (NJ).
The following composers received Honorable Mention: Lembit Beecher
of Ann Arbor, MI (Santa Cruz, CA); Taylan Cihan
of Memphis, TN (Istanbul, Turkey); Daniel Thomas Davis
of Ann Arbor, MI (Waxhaw, NC); Evan Fein
of New York, NY (Cleveland, OH); Takuma Itoh
of Ann Arbor, MI (Hiratsuka, Japan); Alex Kotch
of Durham, NC (Chapel Hill, NC); Matti Kovler
of Boston, MA (Jerusalem, Israel); Clint Needham
of Bloomington, IN (Texarkana, TX); Paul Swartzel
of Durham, NC (Raleigh, NC); and Dan Visconti
of Arlington, VA (La Grange, IL).
In the youngest category: Anderson F. Alden
, age 16 (CA); Preben Antonsen
, age 16 (WA); Eleanor Bragg
, age 11 (MA); Holly Druckman
, age 18 (NY); Roy Femenella
, age 14 (NY); Solomon Hoffman
, age 15 (NY); Ryan Korell
, age 17 (IL); Dylan Mattingly
, age 17 (CA); Vartan Simonian
, age 13 (CA) Timothy Woos
, age 15 (VT); and Yan Zhu
, age16 (MO) received Honorable Mention.
The ASCAP composer/judges were: Eve Beglarian
, Martin Bresnick
, Steven Burke
, Sebastian Currier
, Kamran Ince
, Paul Lansky
and Augusta Read Thomas
About The ASCAP Foundation:
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org