Choral Music & ASCAP - Now and Into the Future

By Michael Spudic  •  December 13, 2016

With the holidays approaching, it’s “the most wonderful time of the year,” when Americans gather together and break into song. So perhaps it’s appropriate that from coast to coast, and even across the Atlantic, this has been a big season for ASCAP choral music:

Last month, Minneapolis-based Jake Runestad, an ASCAP composer who has had work performed for Pope Francis, received some well-deserved attention at Carnegie Hall in New York by way of his piece for chorus, piano and orchestra, "Dreams of the Fallen" - a work he wrote in honor of America's veterans, and for which he received an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Jake will be with us at The ASCAP Foundation Awards on December 14 to accept his award in person.

On December 5, The ASCAP Foundation was once again happy to focus on sustaining a healthy choral tradition in our nation by supporting another in a series of choral workshops for composers, held December 5 at the ASCAP New York office and open to the public. Headed up by ASCAP member and internationally renowned conductor Dr. Harold Rosenbaum (pictured at center in the below photo from December 5), the workshop offered practical tips about the art and practice of writing for choir.


With a further glance across the Atlantic, have a look at the current edition of BBC Music Magazine together with its cover story "Choral Hero" and tremendous focus upon ASCAP's own Eric Whitacre (a favorite ASCAP EXPO panelist), described by this venerable British publication as a "superstar composer inspiring the world to sing.

Applications are open for our annual Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, which grants recognition upon choruses throughout the land that demonstrate a commitment to fostering and promoting new music. Click here to apply by January 27, 2017.

Tying it all together: on December 14, West Coast-based Morten Lauridsen -- one of America’s greatest living choral composers -- is to be recognized with the Life In Music Award from The ASCAP Foundation in New York City. Listen to his rapturous Lux Aeterna in its entirety:

All of us at ASCAP wish you a happy holiday, full of good cheer and enough vocal harmony to last you through 2017 and beyond!