April 17, 2006

The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of the 2006 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

New York, NY, April 17, 2006: ASCAP Foundation President Marilyn Bergman has announced the recipients of the 2006 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The young composers will be recognized at the 7th Annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater in New York on May 25, 2006.

Congratulating the Award recipients, Marilyn Bergman said, "We congratulate the gifted young composer winners of the 2006 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Awards. This program encourages talented young creators of concert music. Of the 565 submissions this year, 40 recipients ranging in age from 9 to 30 were selected by a panel of dedicated ASCAP composers. These young talents represent the bright future of American Concert Music."

Established in 1979, The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards 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 Young Composer program was dedicated to his memory, following his death in 1996.

The award-winning composers share prizes of approximately $40,000, including the Leo Kaplan Award, in memory of the distinguished jurist who served as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor, the Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship for a composer 18 years of age or younger, and grants from the DeVries, Norworth and Morton Gould Funds. The Awards are also sponsored by Sibelius, the music notation software company, which generously awards the winners with free software.

The 2006 Morton Gould Young Composer recipients are listed with their current residence, and place of origin:
Athena Adamopoulos of Cambridge, MA (New York, NY); Clarice Assad of New York, NY (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil);
Juhi Bansal of Pasadena, CA (Chandigarh, India); Mason Bates of Oakland, CA (Philadelphia, PA); Anthony Cheung of New York, NY (San Francisco, CA); James M. David of Tallahassee, FL (Cairo GA); Dan Forrest of Ottawa, KS (Elmira, NY); Ryan Gallagher of New York, NY (Wooster, OH); Chris Gendall of Ithaca, NY (Hamilton, New Zealand); Aaron Grad of Brooklyn, NY (Alexandria, VA); Brian Herrington of Conroe, TX (Beaumont, TX); Robert Honstein of Austin, TX (Syracuse, NY); Hu Xiao-ou of Kansas City, MO (Sichuan, China); Jenny Olivia Johnson of New York, NY (Santa Monica, CA); Daniel Kellogg of Erie, CO (Norwalk, CT); David T. Little of Princeton, NJ (Newton, NJ);
Ryan Malone of Bloomfield, NJ (Southold, NY); Andrew Norman of Modesto, CA (Grand Rapids, MI);
Joshua Penman of Ann Arbor, MI (Brookline, MA); Philip Rothman of New York, NY (Buffalo, NY); Huang Ruo of New York, NY (Hainan Island, China); Baljinder Singh Sekhon, II of Rochester, NY (Fairfax, VA); Paul Swartzel of Chapel Hill, NC (Raleigh, NC); Spencer Topel of Ithaca, NY (Denver, CO); Christopher Trapani of Paris, France (New Orleans, LA); and Daniel VanHassel of Allston, MA (Canton, OH).

The following composers received Honorable Mention: Eric William Barnum of Mankato, MN (Crookston, MN);
Michael Brown of New York, NY (Oceanside, NY); Sebastian Chang of Philadelphia, PA (Mission Viejo, CA);
Shawn Crouch of New York, NY (Columbia, MD); Emily Goldman of Ithaca, NY; Vera Ivanova of Rochester, NY (Moscow, Russia); George Lam of Durham, NC (Hong Kong, China); Clint Needham of Bloomington, IN (Texarkana, TX); Yoomi Paick of Bloomington, IN (Seoul, South Korea); Brandon Ridenour of New York, NY; Jonathan Sokol of Allston, MA (Cleveland, OH); and James Woodward of Phoenix, AZ (Panorama City, CA).

The youngest ASCAP Foundation composer winners range in age from 9 to 18 and are listed by state of residence: Preben Antonsen, age 14 (CA); Meade Bernard, age 18 (MD); Eleanor Bragg, age 9 (MA); Roy Femenella, age 11 (NY); Michael Gilbertson, age 18 (IA); Benjamin Goldsmith, age 13 (NY); Peng-Peng Gong, age 13 (NY);
Jay Greenberg, age 14 (NY); Gabrielle Haigh, age 13 (OH); Sunbin Kim, age 16 (NJ); Thomas Reeves, age 11 (NY); Vartan Christopher Simonian, age 11 (CA); and Conrad Tao, age 11 (NY).

Alice Hong, age 13 (GA) and Natasha Sinha age 15 (MA) received Honorable Mention.

The ASCAP composer/judges were Eve Beglarian; Sebastian Currier; Charles Fussell; Marc Mellits; Alvin Singleton; Chris Theofanidis; and Randall Woolf.

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, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org