May 13, 2013

14th Annual Concert Music Awards to Honor Tania León, Jon Deak, Steve Smith and Morton Gould

May 17th event to celebrate 2013 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award Winners

Tania León

Tania León

Jon Deak

Jon Deak

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Morton Gould

Morton Gould

New York, NY, May 13, 2013: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will hold its 14th annual Concert Music Awards on Friday, May 17th, 2013 at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center in New York City. ASCAP member, composer, musician and author Peter Schickele will host the invitation-only event, which will recognize the achievements of ASCAP’s 2013 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, Claire Chase, David Del Tredici, Douglas Geers, James M. Kendrick, Stephen Paulus, Alex Shapiro, and ASCAP’s Paul Williams, John LoFrumento, Frances Richard, Michael Spudic and Cia Toscanini.

The 2013 Concert Music Awards honorees are:

Tania León, Founder & Artistic Director, Composers Now Festival, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York
ASCAP presents the Victor Herbert Award to ASCAP member Tania León in celebration of her 70th year and for her achievements as composer, conductor, educator, mentor, composer advocate and exemplary musical citizen.

Jon Deak, Founder & Director, Very Young Composers International
ASCAP presents the Arnold Broido Award to ASCAP member Jon Deak in celebration of his 70th year and for his distinguished contribution to American music as composer, bassist and champion educator.

Steve Smith, Music Editor, Time Out New York
ASCAP honors journalist, editor, broadcaster and ASCAP Awards panelist Steve Smith for his vision and courageous contributions as advocate for American music and composers.

Morton Gould Centenary Tribute
ASCAP offers an American Salute to Morton Gould on the occasion of the centenary of his birth.

Presentation of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
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. Gould, an eminent and versatile American composer, was a child prodigy whose first composition was published by G. Schirmer when he was only six years of age. 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 a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Jack and Amy Norworth Fund. Jack Norworth generously dedicated the royalties from his great standards "Shine On Harvest Moon" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" to benefit gifted, emerging composers. Award winners receive complimentary copies of Sibelius notation software, generously donated by Avid, the company that creates technology used to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved music and media in the world. In addition, the award recipients are offered a free one year subscription to ScoreStreet, providing self-publishing composers business expertise and the ability to effectively promote their profiles and works through a searchable website. ScoreStreet will launch this summer.

The 2013 Morton Gould Young Composer Award winners are listed with their current residence and place of origin: Samuel Adams of Brooklyn, NY (San Francisco, CA); Timothy Andres of Brooklyn, NY (Palo Alto, CA); Tyler Capp of Kansas City, MO (Harrisburg, PA); Ryan Chase of Bloomington, IN (Port Jefferson, NY); Yie Eun Chun of Bloomington, IN (South Korea); Francisco Cortés-Álvarez of Bloomington, IN (Mexico City, Mexico); Viet Cuong of Princeton, NJ (West Hills, CA); Tamzin Elliott of Annandale on Hudson, NY (Beverly Hills, CA); Stephen Feigenbaum of Winchester, MA (Cambridge, MA); Michael Gilbertson of New Haven, CT (Dubuque, IA); Takuma Itoh of Honolulu, HI (Japan); John Liberatore of Rochester, NY (Auburn, NY); Loren Loiacono of Ithaca, NY (Port Jefferson, NY); Yangzhi Ma of New York, NY (China); Sky Macklay of New York, NY (Waseca, MN); Maxwell McKee of Red Hook, NY (Hackensack, NJ); Garth Neustadter of Pasadena, CA (Green Bay, WI); Brendon Randall-Myers of New Haven, CT (Northampton, MA); Matthew Ricketts of New York, NY (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada); Gabriella Smith of El Cerrito, CA (Berkeley, CA); and Gabriel Zucker of Boston, MA (New York, NY).

The youngest ASCAP Foundation composer Award recipients range in age from 8 to 18 and are listed by state of residence: Jaehyuck Choi, age 18 (MA); Stella Gitelman-Willoughby, age 12 (MA); Huang Tiange, age 8 (NY); Grant Luhmann, age 18 (MN); Michael D. Parsons, age 16 (NJ); Lawrence Suh, age 17 (MD); and Renata Vallecillo, age 13 (AZ).

The following composers received Honorable Mention: Douglas Buchanan of Cockeysville, MD (Westfield, NY); Melody Eotvos of Bloomington, IN (Australia); Paul Frucht of New York, NY; Ian Gottlieb of Los Angeles, CA (Santa Monica, CA); Michael Ippolito of New York, NY (Tampa, FL); Matthew Peterson of Stockholm, Sweden (Grand Forks, ND); John W. Snyder of Santa Monica, CA (Temple City, CA); Fay (Feinan) Wang of Boston, MA (Beijing, China); Alex Weston of New York, NY (Chatham, NJ) and Conrad Winslow of Brooklyn, NY (Homer, AK).

Honorable Mention in the youngest category: Isaac Allen, age 15 (CO); Graham Cohen, age 13 (NJ); Noah Kahrs, age 17 (PA); Jae Lee, age 18 (GA); Nicholas McConnell, age 14 (NJ); and J.P. Redmond, age 13 (NY).

The 2013 ASCAP composer/judges were: Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, Steven Burke, Chen Yi, Douglas Geers, Yotam Haber and Aleksandra Vrebalov.

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, 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.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 460,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

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