April 12, 2010

The American Academy Of Arts And Letters 2010 Music Award Winners and Newly Elected Members

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced the recipients of this year's awards in music. The awards will be presented at the Academy's annual Ceremonial in May. Tania Leon and Fred Lerdahl were elected to be members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The ASCAP members winning awards were:

• James Lee III with The Wladimir and Rhoda Lakond Award of $10,000, given to a promising mid-career composer.

• Philippe Bodin with the Goddard Lieberson fellowship of $15,000, endowed in 1978 by the CBS Foundation, given to mid-career composers of exceptional gifts.

• Paula Matthusen with the Walter Hinrichsen Award for the publication of a work by a gifted composer. This award was established by the C. F. Peters Corporation, music publishers, in 1984.

• Anna Clyne and Michael Djupstrom with the two Charles Ives Fellowships of $15,000 each. Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Charles Ives' music, which has enabled the Academy to give the Ives awards in music since 1970.

• Shawn Brogan Allison , Jesse Benjamin Jones, Eric Nathan , Clint Needham, Jude Vaclavik, and Roger Zare will receive Charles Ives Scholarships of $7,5000, given to composition students of great promise.

Biographies of 2010 Award Winners in Music

Shawn Brogan Allison (Charles Ives Scholarship) has had his music performed by eighth blackbird, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), The Esoterics, Cantus, the Cornell Chorale; and his work will be heard this summer at the Tanglewood and June in Buffalo Festivals. His honors and awards include a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, the 2009 Polyphonos competition (U.S. Composer category), and the Jerome Commissioning Competition, as well as funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the University of Chicago Council on the Arts, and the Cornell Council for the Arts. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Chicago, where he has studied with Shulamit Ran and Marta Ptaszynska. Originally from Newport News, VA, he holds degrees in composition and saxophone performance from St. Olaf College (B.M.) and Ithaca College (M.M.), studying with Dana Wilson, Timothy Mahr, and Peter Hamlin.

Philippe Bodin (Lieberson Fellowship) was born in France and has lived in the US since 1997. He earned a D.M.A. in composition from Yale University where he studied with Martin Bresnick and Nicholas Maw. A finalist in the 2007 America Composers Orchestra Underwood Readings, he has received prizes, awards, grants, and residencies in the United States from the Barlow Endowment, American Composers Forum, Jerome Foundation, Utah Arts Festival, American Music Center, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo, and abroad from the Lutoslawski, Angelo-Comneno, and Homage to Mozart competitions. He has been commissioned by the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Orkest de Volharding, Electra; the Eroica Trio, Mannes Trio, Mojave Trio, and Kungsbacka trio, Left Coast, Empyrean, TM +, and Voxabulaire. His work has been performed for Los Angeles’s Monday Evening Concerts, the Asia Pacific Festival, and various festivals and venues in Europe.

Anna Clyne (Charles Ives Fellowship), a London native, is a composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Her work, which includes collaborative projects with cutting-edge choreographers, film-makers, visual artists and musicians, has been commissioned and performed worldwide. Recent honors include commissions from Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Roulette/Jerome Foundation, awards from ASCAP and SEAMUS, performances by Sentieri Selvaggi, the American Composers Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra; and a residency with the Los Angeles-based Hysterica Dance Company. In Fall 2010, she will begin a two-year residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as Mead Composer in Residence. Her music has been composed for and programmed by such artists as Alex Ross, Esa-Pekka Salonen, ETHEL and BalletX. Anna Clyne holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Edinburgh University and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She resides in New York City, and her music is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Michael Djupstrom (Charles Ives Fellowship) has been recognized through honors and awards from such institutions as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Composers Forum, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, and the Académie musicale de Villecroze, among many others. His compositions have been performed across the United States as well as in Europe and Asia. Djupstrom was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1980, and began piano lessons at the age of eight. He studied music composition at the University of Michigan, where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Center, and has studied in Paris with composer Betsy Jolas. He lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches piano at Settlement Music School and courses in music theory and orchestration for Boston University’s online programs in music.

Jesse Benjamin Jones (Charles Ives Scholarship) is a native of New Mexico. He received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in composition from Eastern Oregon University and the University of Oregon. Jones is the recipient of Aspen’s Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship and Cornell’s Sage Fellowship, as well as a Teaching Assistantship and Outstanding Scholar in Music Award from the University of Oregon. Jones’ compositions have been featured on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, at the Oregon Bach Festival and Aspen Music Festival, and performed by music ensembles such as the Israeli Chamber Project , So Percussion, FIREWORKS, Ossia, and the American Composers Orchestra. Jones resides in Ithaca, New York, where he is pursuing a DMA at Cornell University.

James Lee III (Wladimir and Rhoda Lakond), born 1975 in St. Joseph, Michigan, cites as his major composition teachers Michael Daugherty, William Bolcom, and Bright Sheng. He was a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2002, where The Appointed Time for string quartet and Psalm 61 for members of the Boston Symphony Chorus were premiered. Leonard Slatkin premiered Beyond Rivers of Vision at the Kennedy Center and A Different Soldier’s Tale with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony have performed Mr. Lee’s work. Concerts of Lee’s music this season include Scenes Upon Eternity’s Edge for flute and piano trio performed by Marcia Kamper and the Monument Piano Trio and sonata for piano performed by Terrence Wilson in Seattle. Dr. Lee earned a bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He serves on the faculty of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Paula Matthusen (Walter Hinrichsen Award) resides in Miami and New York. Her music has been performed by Alarm Will Sound, ICE, orchest de ereprijs, Dither, Glass Farm Ensemble, Kathryn Woodard, James Moore, Jody Redhage, and Todd Reynolds, and at venues including Roulette Intermedium, Merkin Concert Hall, Diapason Gallery, Sonic Arts Research Center, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the Aspen Music Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Institute of Music, Third Practice, ArtBots, the Gaudeamus New Music Week, and SEAMUS. Her awards include a Fulbright Grant, two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers' Awards, the MacCracken and Langley Ryan Fellowship, and a Van Lier Fellowship. Matthusen is Director of Music Technology at Florida International University.

Eric Nathan (Charles Ives Scholarship) is a doctoral student at Cornell University where he studies with Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra and Kevin Ernste. He has studied at Indiana University (M.M.), Yale College (B.A.), and The Juilliard School Pre-College Division and has received fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, and the Wellesley Composers Conference. Past teachers include Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandström, Jeffrey Hass, Kathryn Alexander, John Halle, Matthew Suttor and Ira Taxin. Awards include the Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival and School, American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, William Schuman Prize from BMI, Morton Gould Young Composer Award from ASCAP, First Prize in the SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition, Brian Israel Prize from the New York Federation of Music Clubs, and the Abraham Beekman Cox Prize from Yale. Performances include those by the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Yale Symphony, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Damocles Trio, Society for New Music, and Indiana University New Music Ensemble.

Clint Needham (Charles Ives Scholarship) is currently a Jacobs School of Music Doctoral Fellow in composition at Indiana University, where he also completed his Master of Music degree. He received his B.M. degree from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in 2004. Additionally, he has received fellowships for study at the Aspen Music Festival and the Wellesley College Composers Conference. His primary teachers include Claude Baker, Loris Chobanian, David Dzubay, Don Freund, P.Q. Phan, Sven-David Sandström, and Richard Wernick. Awards include the William Schuman Prize/BMI Student Composer Award, two ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Aspen Music Festival Jacob Druckman Prize, an American Composers Orchestra Underwood Commission, and a New York Youth Symphony First Music Commission. Performances of his music have been given by the American Brass Quintet, American Composers Orchestra, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Stanford Wind Quintet, and Symphony in C.

Jude Vaclavik (Charles Ives Scholarship), a native of Houston, Texas, is a doctoral candidate in composition at the Juilliard School, where he earned his B.M. and M.M. degrees. His principal teachers include Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano. Vaclavik's accolades include a Palmer-Dixon Prize, a New Juilliard Ensemble Commission Competition award, an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, a First Music Young Composers Commission Competition award, and a Juilliard Composers Orchestral Competition award. Vaclavik has been commissioned by the American Festival for the Arts, The New Juilliard Ensemble, New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, and the New York Youth Symphony. His work has been performed by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and TorQ Percussion Quartet. While at Juilliard, Vaclavik has held a Literature and Music Teaching Fellowship, an English Teaching Fellowship, and a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship. At the Aspen Music Festival, he received a Composition Fellowship.

Roger Zare (Charles Ives Scholarship) has been praised for his "enviable grasp of orchestration" (New York Times). Zare has received the ASCAP Foundation's Rudolf Nissim Prize, two BMI Student Composer Awards, a New York Youth Symphony First Music Commission, the 2008 American Composers Orchestra Underwood Commission, and a fellowship to the 2010 Aspen Music Festival composition masterclass. Zare is currently pursuing his D.M.A. at the University of Michigan, studying with Michael Daugherty. He received his Master's degree from Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Christopher Theofanidis and Derek Bermel, and his Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California.