New York, NY, June 10, 2011: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) joined Chorus America in honoring four choral ensembles for their adventurous programming during the 2010-2011 Concert Season at a special Awards Presentation held today at Chorus America's 34th Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Commenting on the Adventurous Programming Awards, Frances Richard, ASCAP Vice President & Director of Concert Music, said: "The members of ASCAP congratulate those choruses whose past season featured performances of music written by the composers of our time. These choruses not only preserve the great choral music tradition, but assure that it remains vibrant and relevant in the 21st century."
Krystal Jones, ASCAP Symphonic, Recital and Educational Licensing Manager presented the awards to members of Chorus America for performances which prominently featured music written within the past 25 years.
The ensembles that were presented with plaques and cash awards are:
All Adult Choruses (two awards):
The Crossing, directed by Donald Nally, a professional chamber choir in Philadelphia.
International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, an all-volunteer chamber choir directed by Zane Fiala and founded by Jeremy Samuel Faust.
San Francisco Girls Chorus, directed by Susan McMane, a children’s chorus program with 400 singers, ages 5-18.
Alice Parker Award: All Choruses:
The Washington Chorus, a symphonic chorus directed by Julian Wachner, for its New Music for a New Age series that showcases works by living composers.
The ASCAP/Alice Parker Award was established in 2003 to honor legendary ASCAP choral composer and conductor, Alice Parker, in celebration of her 75th year. The award is presented annually to the choral ensemble that expands the mission of the chorus by presenting challenging repertory to its audience in new ways.