The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to report on our latest innovative initiative, The ASCAP Foundation Broadway Conductors Program, which was made possible by an unrestricted bequest from Marvin Hamlisch to The ASCAP Foundation. To celebrate his memory, the program was launched in his honor.
The 2013 program was a 4-day intensive workshop in which 10 aspiring musical theater conductors were given hands-on experience with current Broadway professionals.
The program, under the direction of David Evans, Associate Conductor of Broadway’s Wicked, with mentors Mat Eisenstein (Newsies) and Cherie Rosen (The Lion King), included Master Classes with Broadway conductors, musicians, performers and contractors, as well as a visit to an orchestra pit during a live performance. The program culminated with each participant conducting a 16-piece orchestra with Broadway vocalists Tiffany Haas, Vicki Noon and Ivan Rutherford.
All of the participants agreed that the 4-day program provided an unparalleled insider experience and insights for their careers.
Marvin Hamlisch, a composer-arranger-conductor-pianist, died in 2012 at the age of 68. He was one of the rare individuals to have received Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize. His musical achievements encompassed musical theatre, film and television, pop and symphonic music. In 2006, Hamlisch was honored with The ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award for his lifetime of achievement in musical theatre.
Marvin's widow, Terre Blair Hamlisch, commented: "I am so pleased and supportive of such a unique and needed program in Marvin's name, especially since it gives young talent such a special opportunity. I know Marvin would have been pleased as well. Some time ago, Marvin had expressed that he had come to know what his true purpose was: that he was put on this earth to compose. As for conducting, Marvin felt it was thrilling and powerful, and that if world leaders did it, they might lose the urge to wage war."
At the time of his death, Hamlisch was Principal Pops Conductor of the following orchestras: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony and Pops. The Dallas Symphony premiered Hamlisch's symphonic suite The Anatomy of Peace in 1991.
About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org