Jack Beeson, So Percussion, Francisco J. Núñez, and G. Schirmer's Kristin Lancino to Be Honored at 10th Annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards in NYC on May 21

Awards Celebration Will Also Recognize Recipients of the 2009 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

New York, NY, May 18, 2009: The 10th annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards will take place on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at The Times Center in New York City. ASCAP member, radio host and performer Peter Schickele will host the invitation-only event, which will recognize the achievements of ASCAP's 2009 Concert Music Honorees who represent the diverse aesthetic spectrum of the concert music world.

Among the evening's presenters will be Derek Bermel, Steven Burke, John Corigliano, Daniel Felsenfeld, Charles Fussell, Michael Gordon, James M. Kendrick, Stephen Paulus, Peter Schickele, Suzanne Vega, and ASCAP's John A. LoFrumento, Frances Richard, Cia Toscanini and Michael Spudic.

Those being honored this year are:

Jack Beeson
Composer, Educator, Distinguished Musical Citizen, in celebration of his 50 years of ASCAP membership, and in gratitude for his dedicated service to the ASCAP Board of Directors, the Symphony & Concert Committee, and to his ASCAP colleagues.

So Percussion – Eric Beach, Josh Quillan, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting
In their 10th Anniversary Season, ASCAP presents the John Cage Award to the composer/members of So Percussion for the artistry and passion with which they perform, commission, record and champion the music of our time.

Francisco J. Núñez
ASCAP presents the Victor Herbert Award to its distinguished member, Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Artistic Director and Founder of the Young People's Chorus of New York City for his commitment to music education, to the enrichment of the choral repertory, and his dedication to musical excellence.

Kristin Lancino, Vice President of G. Schirmer, Inc.
Recipient of the first annual ASCAP Arnold Broido Award for her innovative leadership in the field of Music Publishing.

Recipients of the 2009 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards will also be presented and congratulated.

The ASCAP Foundation program honors the late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and former ASCAP Foundation President Morton Gould's lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators. The award-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 ASCAP Foundation Jack and Amy 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 recipients with free software.

The 2009 Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients are listed with their current residence, and place of origin: Victor Agudelo of Memphis, TN (Medellin, Colombia); Andy Akiho of New York, NY (Columbia, SC); Juhi Bansal of Pasadena, CA (Chandigarh, India); Ryan DeNardis of Aliquippa, PA (Hopewell, PA); Simon Fink of Chicago, IL (Carrboro, NC); Sean Friar of Princeton, NJ (Santa Monica, CA); Ruby Fulton of Baltimore, MD (Cherokee, IA); David Kirkland Garner of Durham, NC (Atlanta, GA); Michael Gilbertson of Dubuque, IA; Ted Hearne of New Haven, CT (Chicago, IL); Leo Hurley of Winston-Salem, NC (Rollinsford, NH); Shawn Jaeger of Chicago, IL (Louisville, KY); Christopher Kapica of Carmel, NY; Elizabeth A. Kelly of Rochester, NY (New York, NY); Missy Mazzoli of Brooklyn, NY (Abington, PA); Clint Needham of Bloomington, IN (Texarkana, TX; Andrew Norman of New Haven, CT (Grand Rapids, MI); Sam Pluta of New York, NY (Rockeville, CT); Gity Razaz of New York, NY (Tehran, Iran); Steven Rice of Rochester, NY (Lawrence, KS); Steven Snowden of Austin, TX (Walnut Shade, MO); Paul Swartzel of Durham, NC (Raleigh, NC); Christopher Trapani of Paris, France (New Orleans, LA); Jude Vaclavik of New York, NY (Houston, TX); Lu Wang of New York, NY (Xi' an, China) and Daniel Wohl of Brooklyn, NY (Paris, France).

The youngest ASCAP Foundation composer Award recipients range in age from 10 to 18 and are listed by state of residence: Preben Antonsen, age17 (CA); Yuri Boguinia, age 17 (CO); Eleanor Bragg, age 12 (MA); Graham Cohen, age 10 (AZ); Dmitri Gaskin age 13 (CA); Peng-Peng Gong, age 16 (NY); Jay Greenberg, age 17 (NY); Yeeren I. Low, age 12 (PA); Nicholas Mariscal, age 16 (AZ); Hilary Purrington, age 18 (MA); Murray Skolnick, age 13 (MA); Allegra Gabriella Smith, age 17 (CA); and Conrad Tao, age 14 (NY).

The following composers received Honorable Mention: Abbie Betinis of St. Paul, MN (Stevens Point, WI); Lisa Coons of Philadelphia, PA (Macon, MO); Daniel Thomas Davis of Brooklyn, NY (Waxhaw, NC); Osnat Netzer of Cambridge, MA (Israel); Spencer Topel of Hanover, NH (Denver, CO); and Jie Wang of New York, NY (Shanghai, China).

In the youngest category, the following composers received Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Haigh, age 16 (OH); and Jeremiah Klarman, age 16 (MA).

The 2009 ASCAP composer/judges were: Samuel Adler, Eve Beglarian, Steven Burke, Daniel Felsenfeld, Charles Fussell, Michael Gordon and Melinda Wagner.

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About The ASCAP Foundation:
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

About ASCAP:
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 350,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. 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. www.ascap.com


Pauline Stack