New York, NY, June 10, 2008: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will join Chorus America in honoring four choral ensembles for their adventurous programming during the 2007-2008 Concert season, at a special Awards Presentation to be held on Saturday, June 14 at Chorus America's 31st Annual Conference. The awards are offered annually to constituent members of Chorus America and presented in appreciation for performances of music written within the past 25 years.

This year, the Chorus America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards ceremony is being held in conjunction with the National Performing Arts Convention (NPAC) in Denver, Colorado, June 10-14, 2008. Top performing arts leaders from opera, dance, theater, orchestras, and more will join with chorus leaders for five days of collaboration, communication, concerts, and celebration. Composer and ASCAP Board Member Stephen Paulus and ASCAP Vice President & Director of Concert Music Frances Richard will present the Awards.

Commenting on the Adventurous Programming Awards, Richard said: "With these awards, the members of ASCAP congratulate those choruses whose past season featured performances of music written by the composers of our time. These choruses not only preserve the great tradition of the "first art," choral music, but assure that it remains vibrant and relevant in the 21st century."

The ensembles, who will be presented with plaques and cash awards, are:

All Adult Choruses (two awards)
The Esoterics
Eric Banks, Founding Director

Joseph Jennings, Music Director

Children/Youth Choruses
Peninsula Girls Chorus
Catherine Doyle Wesolek, Founder & Artistic Director

Alice Parker Award: All Choruses
The Monmouth Civic Chorus
Mark Shapiro, Artistic Director

The ASCAP/Alice Parker Award was established in 2003 to honor legendary ASCAP choral composer and conductor, Alice Parker, in celebration of her 75th year. The award is presented annually to the choral ensemble that expands the mission of the chorus by presenting challenging repertory to its audience in new ways. Previous recipients include Madrigalia, Seraphic Fire, Pacific Chorale, Bella Voce and Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 320,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 90 similar foreign 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 PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

Pauline Stack
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