May 26, 2005

The ASCAP Foundation Names Winners of the 2005 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Winners Honored at Awards Ceremony in New York City on May 26

The ASCAP Foundation Names Winners of the 2005 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

New York, NY, May 26, 2005: ASCAP Foundation President Marilyn Bergman has announced the winners of the 2005 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The winners were presented during the 6th Annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards, which took place at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center in New York City on Thursday, May 26, 2005. ASCAP composer member, radio host and performer Peter Schickele hosted the invitation-only event, which recognized the achievements of ASCAP's 2005 Concert Music Honorees who represent the diverse aesthetic spectrum of the Concert Music world. Those being recognized by ASCAP this year were: George Perle, Meredith Monk, David Gockley, Michael Morgan, and Meet The Composer, Heather Hitchens, President.

Congratulating the Award recipients, Marilyn Bergman said, "We congratulate the winners of the 2005 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. These gifted young composers, ranging in age from 10 to 30, represent the extraordinary pool of creative talent in our country today. They give us confidence in the exciting future of American Concert Music. We express our thanks to our valiant panel of ASCAP members who selected the winners from over 574 submissions."

Established in 1979, the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer program grants cash prizes to young Concert Music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition. These composers may be American citizens, permanent residents, or students possessing US Student Visas.

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 only six years of age. To honor Gould's lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators, the annual ASCAP Foundation program was dedicated to his memory, following his death in 1996.

The winning composers share prizes of approximately $40,000, including the Leo Kaplan Award, honoring the distinguished jurist who served for twenty-eight years as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor, the Jack and Amy Norworth Fund, the Morton Gould Fund, and a grant from the DeVries Fund for our youngest creators from K-12 grade. Sponsored in part by Sibelius, the music notation software company, the Award winners receive free software or an upgrade.

The 2005 Morton Gould Young Composer recipients are listed with their current residence, and places of origin: Athena Adamopoulos, Cambridge, MA (New York, NY); Judah Adashi of Baltimore, MD (Boston, MA); Timothy Andres of New Haven, CT (Palo Alto, CA); Kit Armstrong of London, England (Anaheim, CA); Mason Bates of Oakland, CA (Philadelphia, PA); Kyle Blaha of New York, NY (Belleville, IL); Sebastian Chang of Philadelphia, PA (Trabuco Canyon, CA); Anthony Cheung of New York, NY (San Francisco, CA); Lisa R. Coons of Princeton, NJ (Macon, MO); Avner Dorman of New York, NY (Tel-Aviv, Israel); Ryan Gallagher of New York, NY (Wooster, OH); Stephen Gorbos of Ithaca, NY (Bethlehem, PA); David Heetderks of New Haven, CT (Ann Arbor, MI); Chia-Yu Hsu of Durham, NC (Panchiao, Taiwan); Daniel Kellogg of New Haven, CT (Norwalk, CT); Martin Kennedy of New York, NY (Wakefield, England); Ching- Mei Lin of Rochester, NY (Taichung, Taiwan); Marcus Maroney of Austin, TX (Wiesbaden, Germany); Andrew Norman of Pasadena, CA (Grand Rapids, MI); John Orfe of New Haven, CT (Chicago, IL); Huang Ruo of New York, NY (Hainan Island, China); Yevgeniy Sharlat of New Haven, CT (Moscow, Russia); Ryan Streber of Huntington, NY (Rochester, NY); Anne Strickland of McKinney, TX (Dallas, TX); Christopher Trapani of New Orleans, LA; Matthew Van Brink of New York, NY (East Northport, NY); Dan Visconti of Cleveland, OH (La Grange, IL); and Zhou Tian of Philadelphia, PA (Hangzhou, China).

The following composers received Honorable Mention: Julia Scott Carey of Wellesley Hills, MA (Boston, MA); Jacob Cooper of New Haven, CT (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY); Ryan Francis of New York, NY (Portland, OR); Judd Greenstein of Princeton, NJ (New York, NY); Paul Hogan of New York, NY (Maryville, TN); Angel Lam of Baltimore, MD (Hong Kong, China); Anna Lindemann of Boulder, CO (Los Angeles, CA); Theresa Martin of Tempe, AZ (Appleton, WI); Robinson McClellan of New Haven, CT (Boulder, CO); Karl Pestka of Ann Arbor, MI (East Lansing, MI); Philip Rothman of New York, NY (Buffalo, NY); Carl Schimmel of Oakland, CA (Wakefield, RI); Sean Shepherd of Ithaca, NY (Reno, NV); and Daniel Tacke of Auburn, WA (Burbank, CA).

The youngest ASCAP Foundation composer winners range in age from 9 to 18 and are listed by state of residence: Barret Anspach, age 18 (WA); Preben Antonsen, age 13 (CA); Eugene Birman, age 17 (CA); Danielle Galler-Rabinowitz, age 13 (MA); Matthew Cmiel, age 16 (CA); Stephen Feigenbaum, age 16 (MA); Roy Femenella, age 10 (NY); Jay Greenberg, age 13 (NY); Gabrielle Haigh, age 12 (OH); Loren Loiacono, age 15 (NY); Tudor Dominik Maican, age 16 (MD); Thomas Reeves, age 9 (NY); Daniel Schlosberg, age 17 (PA); Natasha Sinha, age 14 (MA); Conrad Tao, age 10 (NY); and Douglon Tse, age 14 (MA).

The following composers received Honorable Mention: Meade Bernard, age 17 (MD); Michael Brown, age 17 (NY); Jade Conlee, age 12 (UT); Ann Fontanella, age 16 (PA); Arielle Galler-Rabinowtiz, age 13 (MA); Ashley Geo, age 11 (CA); Jack Gravina, age 17 (NJ); Alice Hong, age 12 (NC); Kevin Kim, age 15 (NJ); Christopher Lim, age 16 (NY); Benjamin Pesetsky, age 16 (MA); Armand Ranjbaran, age 15 (NY); and Shanlyn Tse, age 8 (MA).

The 2005 ASCAP composer/judges were: Samuel Adler, Eve Beglarian, Martin Bresnick, Keith Fitch,
Jennifer Higdon, Marc Mellits,
and Christopher Theofanidis.

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