December 10, 2002


Broadway's Stephen Sondheim Receives Foundation Richard Rodgers Award

The ascap foundation logoThe seventh annual ASCAP Foundation Awards and Scholarships Reception were held last night at the Walter Reade Theater at Manhattan's Lincoln Center. Honors were presented to a wide variety of Award, Scholarship, Fellowship and Residency recipients, all of whom benefit from programs of The ASCAP Foundation. The reception was hosted by Marilyn Bergman, President of The ASCAP Foundation. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of The ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award to Broadway lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim for his lifetime achievements in the American musical theater. Sondheim is the composer-lyricist of the Broadway classics A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Pacific Overtures and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He also served as the lyricist for the legendary musicals, West Side Story (music by Leonard Bernstein) and Gypsy (music by Jule Styne). Sondheim’s catalogue of songs includes “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Somewhere” and “Send in the Clowns.”

A complete list of the evening’s honorees follows:

  • Louis Armstrong Scholarship (Queens College) – Sandra Hempel
  • Boosey & Hawkes Scholarship honoring Aaron Copland – Kwami Coleman
  • Leiber & Stoller Scholarship – Andrew Roitstein
  • Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at Tanglewood – Jeff Myers
  • Max Dreyfus Scholarship (NYU Tisch) – Andrew Elsesser
  • Henry Mancini Music Scholarships – Nathaniel Fox Beversluis, Gordon Haab II
  • Michael Masser Scholarship – Kelly Porter
  • Dreyfus/Warner Chappell/CCNY Scholarship – Sebastian Cruz
  • Ira Gershwin Award (LaGuardia HS) – Shan Shan Na & Karen Yim
  • Frederick Loewe Scholarship (NYU Tisch) – Carmel E. Dean
  • Morton Gould Young Composer Award – Gabriela Frank
  • Rudolf Nissim Prize – John C. Ross
  • Richard Rodgers New Horizon Award – Zina Goldhirsch & Marcy Heisler
  • ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award – Lori McKenna
  • ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award – Stephen Sondheim

The ASCAP Foundation is dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging the development of American music through educational programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, music education programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The programs of The ASCAP Foundation are supported by contributions from ASCAP members and music lovers throughout the United States.