ASCAP Announces Year 2010 Orchestra Awards For "Adventurous Programming" at League of American Orchestras Conference in Atlanta

New York, NY, June 18, 2010: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) will join the League of American Orchestras in presenting 27 awards to orchestras who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to contemporary composers at a special Awards Presentation being held today (June 18) during the League's 65th National Conference in Atlanta. The annual ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards recognize American orchestras whose past season prominently featured music written within the last twenty-five years.

Commenting on the Adventurous Programming Awards, Frances Richard, ASCAP Vice President & Director of Concert Music, said: "For the past 53 years, the members of ASCAP have presented adventurous programming awards to orchestras whose mission not only perpetuates the great orchestral tradition of the past, but insures that concert music in America remains relevant, vibrant and alive. We salute those orchestras who have a commitment to the music creators of our time."
The winners are:

John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music:
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose, Artistic Director

Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming:
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director

Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming:
Omaha Symphony, Thomas Wilkins, Music Director

Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours:
New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, Music Director

Awards for Programming of Contemporary Music

Group 1 Orchestras (Expenses more than $15.6 Million):
First Place: New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, Music Director
Second Place: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson, Music Director
Third Place: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Group 2 Orchestras (Expenses $7.4 - $15.6 Million):
First Place: Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Justin Brown, Music Director and Principal Conductor
Second Place: Pacific Symphony, Carl St.Clair, Music Director
Third Place: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director

Group 3/4 Orchestras (Expenses $2.0 - $7.4 Million):
First Place: Albany Symphony Orchestra (NY), David Alan Miller, Music Director and Conductor
Second Place: Virginia Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, Music Director
Third Place: Dayton Philharmonic, Neal Gittleman, Music Director and Conductor

Group 5/6 Orchestras (Expenses $550,000 - $2.0 Million):
First Place: South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Delta David Gier, Music Director
Second Place: American Composers Orchestra, Robert Beaser, Artistic Director / Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor Laureate / Derek Bermel, Creative Advisor
Third Place: Springfield Symphony Orchestra (OH), Peter Stafford Wilson, Music Director

Group 7/8 Orchestras (Expenses less that $550,000):
First Place: Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Claire Fox Hillard, Music Director and Conductor
Second Place: Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Roger Briggs, Artistic Director
Third Place: Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Stephen Burns, Artistic Director

Collegiate Orchestras:
First Place: Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Golan, Music Director and Conductor
Second Place: Portland State University Symphony Orchestra, Ken Selden, Conductor and Music Director
Third Place: Cornell University Orchestras, Chris Younghoon Kim, Director of Orchestras

Youth Orchestras:
First Place: Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Allen Tinkham, Music Director
Second Place: Etowah Youth Orchestras, Michael R. Gagliardo, Music Director and Conductor
Third Place: Contemporary Youth Orchestra, Liza Grossman, Executive Director and Music Director

First Place: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Marin Alsop, Music Director and Conductor
Second Place: Aspen Music Festival and School, David Zinman, Music Director