April 24, 2003

The ASCAP Foundation Names Winners of the 2003 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

The ascap foundationThe ASCAP Foundation President Marilyn Bergman has announced the recipients of the 2003 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

Congratulating the winners, Marilyn Bergman said, “The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards encourage and nurture gifted young composers. This year, our winners range from 11 to 30 years of age. These young creators represent the future of American concert music. We congratulate the recipients and extend our appreciation to the dedicated ASCAP composer panel that selected the winners from amongst 500 worthy submissions.”

Established in 1979, this ASCAP Foundation program recognizes composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition. Morton Gould, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, served as President of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation from 1986 – 1994. Gould, an eminent and versatile American composer, was a child prodigy whose first composition was published by G. Schirmer when he was just six years of age. To honor Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators, the annual ASCAP Foundation Young Composer program was dedicated to his memory, following his death in 1996. The winning composers share prizes of over $30,000, including the Leo Kaplan Award, honoring the distinguished jurist who served for twenty-eight years as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor, and a grant from the DeVries Fund for our youngest creators from K-12 grade.

The 2003 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards recipients are: Judah Adashi of Boston, MA; Patrick Burke of Pittsburgh, PA; Anthony Cheung of San Francisco, CA; Avner Dorman of Tel-Aviv, Israel; Michael Djupstrom of St. Paul, MN; Matthew Fuerst of Covina, CA; Jeremy Gill of Philadelphia, PA; Stewart Goodyear of Toronto, CA; Lane Harder of Houston, TX; Daniel Kellogg of Wilton, CT; Martin Kennedy of Tuscaloosa, AL; Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum of New York, NY; Andrew Lee of Charleston, SC; Christopher Lee of Akron, OH; John Mackey of New Philadelphia, OH; Eli Marshall of Waterville, ME; Nico Muhly of Randolph, VT; Daniel Ott of Neptune City, NJ; David Plylar of Peoria, AZ; Philip Rothman of Buffalo, NY; Huang Ruo of Hai Nan Island, China; Matthew Van Brink of Port Jefferson, NY; Dalit Warshaw of New York, NY; and Orianna Webb of Akron, OH.

The following composers were recognized with Honorable Mention: Mark Berger of New Ulm, MN; Kyle Blaha of Rochester, NY; Jennifer Graham of Oakland, CA; Robert Gross of Escondido, CA; John Hedges of Wilmington, DE; Vera Ivanova of Moscow, Russia; Angel Lam of Hong Kong, China; Sean McClowry of Rockford, IL; Keith Murphy of Cambridge, UK; Edward Niedermaier of Lake Minnetonka, MN; Andrew Norman of Grand Rapids, MI; and Gordon Williamson of Ottawa, CA.

The ASCAP Foundation has made special Awards for composers under the age of 19: Timothy Andres (age 17) of Litchfield County, CT; Peter Asimov (age 11) of New York, NY; Julia Scott Carey (age 16) of Wellesley, MA; Ryan Gallagher (age 18) of Wooster, OH; Kevin Kim (age 13) of Bergen County, NJ; Anna Lindemann (age 17) of Boulder, CO; Marcus Macauley (age 17) of Mercer Island, WA; and Natasha Sinha (age 12) of Milton, MA.

The following composers received Honorable Mention: Kit Armstrong (age 11) of Los Angeles,CA; Kyumin Lee (age 10) of Lexington,MA; Tudor Dominik Maican (age 14) of Bethesda, MD; Michael Summa (age 18) of Dunmore, PA; Emilia Tamurri (age 17) of Maplewood, NJ; Joseph Trapanese (age 18) of Jersey City, NJ; and Milena Zhivotovska (age 17) of Kiev, Ukraine.

The six ASCAP composer/judges for the 2003 competition were: Samuel Adler; Derek Bermel; Lisa Bielawa; Martin Bresnick; Chris Theofanidis; and Melinda Wagner.

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

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the world's largest performing right organization, with over 150,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP is committed to protecting the rights of its members by licensing and collecting royalties for the public performance of their copyrighted works, and then distributing these fees to the Society's members based on performances. ASCAP's repertory spans the entire spectrum of music -- from pop to symphonic, rock to gospel, Latin to country to jazz, rhythm and blues, theater, film and television music. ASCAP's Board of Directors is made up solely of writers and publishers, elected by the membership.