October 01, 2005


A new scholarship for young concert music creators will be awarded to the top ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer, age 18 or younger, beginning in 2006. The ASCAP Foundation Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship has been established by The Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation to aid worthy music students in securing complete and adequate music education. Each recipient will use the scholarship for music study at an accredited college or conservatory. The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation was created in 1983 by their only daughter, Charlotte V. Bergen (1898-1982) of Bernardsville, NJ. During her lifetime, Charlotte Bergen presented and conducted over fifty Carnegie Hall concerts, which the public attended free of charge. In 1981, Ms. Bergen donated her rare 1701 Servais Stradivarius Cello to the Smithsonian Institution, where it is maintained in the Hall of Musical Instruments. The ASCAP Foundation Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship perpetuates Miss Bergen's love of classical music and her support of music education.