June 15, 2012

ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards Presented at Chorus America Conference

New York, NY, June 15, 2012: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) joined Chorus America in honoring four choral ensembles for their adventurous programming during the 2011-2012 Concert Season at a special Awards Presentation held today at Chorus America's 35th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Commenting on the Adventurous Programming Awards, Cia Toscanini, ASCAP Vice President 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 sing, commission, premiere new works, and celebrate great choral music assuring that the tradition remains alive and relevant in the 21st century."

ASCAP’s Board Member, Stephen Paulus, and Jessica Erk, 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):
San Francisco Choral Artists, Magen Solomon, Artistic Director (San Francisco, CA)
Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble, Linda Raney, Music Director (Santa Fe, NM)

Children/Youth Choruses:
Piedmont-East Bay Children’s Choir, Robert Geary, Artistic Director (Oakland, CA)

Alice Parker Award: All Choruses:
Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director (Boston, MA)

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.

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 435,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. For more information, please visit www.ascap.com.

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