Peter Schickele Hosts 8th Annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards in New York City

Honorees include Imani Winds, Frank J. Oteri, Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, David Del Tredici and Recipients of the 2007 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

New York, NY, May 24, 2007: The eighth annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards were presented today at a ceremony and reception held at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater in New York City. ASCAP composer member, radio host and performer Peter Schickele hosted the invitation-only event, which recognized the achievements of ASCAP's 2007 Concert Music Honorees who represent the diverse aesthetic spectrum of the concert music world. Those being honored this year were:

David Del Tredici (Aaron Copland Award): In honor of his 70th Birthday for his achievements as creator, teacher, mentor and exemplary musical citizen.

Frank J. Oteri (Victor Herbert Award): For distinguished service to American Music whose vision and courage as composer, journalist, editor, broadcaster and impresario have made him advocate extraordinaire.

Gil Rose, BMOP : Founder and Artistic Director of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) whose unique orchestral mission is to perform, commission and record the music of our time.

Imani Winds : Founded and Directed by ASCAP Composer/Flutist, Valerie Coleman, the Imani Winds repertory is enriched and informed by European, African, Latin American and American music traditions. Celebrating their tenth anniversary, they have enriched the woodwind repertory with the music they perform, commission, and record with virtuosity and passion.

The recipients of the 2007 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards were presented and congratulated.

Among the presenters were Kathryn Alexander, Steven Burke, Sebastian Currier, Charles Fussell, Tania Leon, Stephen Paulus, Greg Sandow, Peter Schickele, Augusta Read Thomas, Melinda Wagner and ASCAP's Frances Richard and Cia Toscanini.

The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards program honors the late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and former ASCAP Foundation President Morton Gould's lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators. The winning composers share prizes of approximately $45,000, including the Leo Kaplan Award, in memory of the distinguished attorney 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. Jack Norworth wrote such standards as "Shine On Harvest Moon" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." The Awards are also sponsored by Sibelius, the music notation software company, which generously awards the winners with free software. The 2007 ASCAP composer/judges were: Samuel Adler, Kathryn Alexander, Derek Bermel, Chen Yi, Sebastian Currier, Charles Fussell and Christopher Theofanidis.

The 2007 Morton Gould Young Composer recipients are listed with their current residence, and place of origin: Mason Bates of Oakland, CA (Philadelphia, PA); William David Cooper of New York, NY (Rocky Mount, NC); Anthony Cheung of New York, NY (San Francisco, CA); Jacob Cooper of New Haven, CT (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY); Christopher Dietz of Ann Arbor, MI (Chicago, IL); Michael Early of Princeton, NJ (Washington, DC); Reena Esmail of New York, NY (Chicago, IL); Sean Friar of Pacific Palisades, CA (Santa Monica, CA); Ryan Gallagher of New York, NY (Wooster, OH); Cory Hibbs of Baltimore, MD (San Diego, CA); Takuma Itoh of Ann Arbor, MI (Hiratsuka, Japan); Angel Lam of Baltimore, MD (Hong Kong, China); Xinyan Li of Kansas City, MO (HeiLong Jiang, China); Eric Lindsay of Los Angeles, CA (Santa Cruz, CA); Eli Marshall of Beijing, China (Waterville, ME); Missy Mazzoli of Brooklyn, NY (Abington, PA); Clint Needham of Bloomington, IN (Texarkana, TX); Adam Schoenberg of New York, NY (Northampton, MA); Zhou Tian of New York, NY (Hangzhou, China); Zachary Wadsworth of Richmond, VA or New Haven, CT (Buffalo, NY); Derrick Wang of New Haven, CT (Baltimore, MD); Jie Wang of New York, NY (Shanghai, China); and Xi Wang of Ithaca, NY (China).

The youngest ASCAP Foundation composer winners range in age from12 to 18 and are listed by state of residence: Kit Armstrong, age 14 (London, UK); Anderson F. Alden, age 15 (CA); Tim Callobre, age 13 (CA); Anthony Duarte, age 16 (MI); Max Grafe, age 18 (NY); Gabrielle Haigh, age 14 (OH); Sunbin Kim, age 17 (NJ); Jeremiah Klarman, age 14 (MA); Elizabeth Ogonek, age 17 (NJ); Edward Poll, age 18 (PA); Armand Ranjbaran, age 17 (NY); Thomas Reeves, age 12 (NY); and Conrad Tao, age 12 (NY).

The following composers received Honorable Mention: Evan Fein of Richmond Heights, OH (Cleveland, OH); Michael Gilbertson of New York, NY (Dubuque, IA); Robert Honstein of Austin, TX (Syracuse, NY); Jenny Olivia Johnson of New York, NY (Santa Monica, CA); J. Benjamin Jones of Eugene, OR (Farmington, NM); Martin Kennedy of St. Louis, MO (Wakefield, England); Reinaldo Moya of Gaithersburg, MD (Caracas, Venezuela); Edward Niedermaier of Bloomington, IN (Annapolis, MD); Thomas Osborne of Honolulu, HI (Louisville, KY); Scott Petersen of Rochester, NY (Omaha, NE); Yevgeniy Sharlat of Austin, TX (Moscow, Russia); Christopher Trapani of Paris, France (New Orleans, LA) and Daniel Wohl of Ann Arbor, MI (Paris, France).

In the youngest category, Peng Peng, age 14 (NY); Daniel Haldar, age 15 (OH) and Timothy Woos, age 14 (VT) received Honorable Mention.

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