ASCAP Celebrates the Power of Singing Together at 2019 Chorus America Conference

July 22, 2019

For four days, the City of Brotherly Love became the City of Vocal Harmony as Chorus America brought its annual conference to Philadelphia from June 26-29, 2019. The conference brought together choral leaders from across North America for sessions, networking events, concerts, special events and much more.

ASCAP was once again proud to celebrate the continued evolution of choral music, by honoring four ensembles who are pushing vocal music forward. On June 27, ASCAP’s Michael Spudic was on hand to present the Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award to Giving Voice Chorus (Jeanie Brindley-Barnett, Music Director), which brings together people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers to improve their quality of life through singing together.

The Alice Parker Award honors ASCAP composer Alice Parker, whose career has spanned six decades and has been devoted to the creation of works for the human voice. The award was established in 2003 to recognize a chorus for programming recently composed music that expands the mission of the chorus and challenges the chorus’s audience in new ways.

On June 28, Spudic presented three Chorus America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards, in recognition of choruses that demonstrate a sustained commitment to adventurous programming through performances of choral music written in the last 25 years. The 2019 winners were C4 (the Choral Conductor/Composer Collective), Coro Allegro (David Hodgkins, Artistic Director) and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Dianne Berkun Menaker, Founder and Artistic Director).

Proof that ASCAP chose its recipients well: Read this New York Times piece about the Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s work with artists ranging from Beyoncé to Bon Iver and The National.

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