New York, NY, January 8, 2008: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored 11 chamber music ensembles, festivals and presenters for their adventurous programming at the annual Chamber Music America (CMA) National Conference on Saturday, January 5, 2008.

The ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards were initiated 21 years ago to provide special recognition to ensembles, festivals and presenters that prominently feature new works. The ASCAP winners are members of Chamber Music America chosen by a panel selected by CMA. The award winners receive cash awards and/or plaques.

Frances Richard, ASCAP's Vice President and Director of Concert Music, and Cia Toscanini, Assistant Vice President, presented the awards on January 5th in the Gershwin Ballroom of the Westin New York at Times Square in New York City.

Commenting on the awards, Richard said: "On behalf of our composers and publishers, we are proud to recognize those members of Chamber Music America whose commitment to the music of our time was demonstrated by their adventurous programming during the past season. These excellent performances enrich and inspire the continuity and vitality of our great music tradition." Richard also saluted Chamber Music America for 30 years of leadership and service to the field.

Two Special Recognition Awards were presented this year: Skaneateles Festival was recognized for its shift from presenting primarily traditional works to increasing its audience's exposure to contemporary compositions; and to Fred Ho, founder and director of the Afro-Asian Ensemble, in recognition of 25 years of extraordinary artistic and humanitarian achievement.

At the conclusion of the presentation, the honorees participated in a panel discussion moderated by Frank J. Oteri, American Music Center's Composer Advocate and the Founding Editor of

The 2008 recipients are listed below by category:

Presenter/Festivals: Ten or More Concerts
1st - Concert Artists Guild (New York, NY)
2nd - Monadnock Music (Peterborough, NH)

Presenters/Festivals: Nine or Fewer Concerts
1st - Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)
2nd - Greenwich Music Festival (Greenwich, CT)

Chamber Ensembles: Mixed Repertory
1st - Del Sol Quartet (San Francisco, CA)
2nd - Western Wind Vocal Ensemble (New York, NY)

Chamber Ensembles: New Music
1st - Seattle Chamber Players (Seattle, WA)
2nd (tie) - sfSound (San Francisco, CA)
2nd (tie) - Earplay (San Francisco, CA)

Special Recognition
Skaneateles Festival (Skaneateles, NY)
Afro-Asian Music Ensemble (Brooklyn, NY)

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 310,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 90 music rights organizations such that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.


Pauline Stack