July 15, 2013

ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards Presented at 36th Chorus America Conference

New York, NY, July 15, 2013: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) joined Chorus America in honoring four choral ensembles for their adventurous programming during the 2012-2013 Concert Season on June 14th, 2013 at a special awards presentation held at Chorus America's 36th Annual Conference in Seattle, WA.

Commenting on the Adventurous Programming Awards, ASCAP Vice President of Concert Music Cia Toscanini said: "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 sustain the great choral music tradition, but help guarantee that it remains vibrant and relevant in the 21st century."

Distinguished Composer and ASCAP member Morten Lauridsen and ASCAP Concert Music Membership Representative Michael Spudic presented the awards to members of Chorus America for performances which prominently featured music written within the past 25 years.

The ensembles that were presented with plaques and cash awards were:

All Adult Choruses (two awards):

  • Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Alan Harler, Artistic Director (Philadelphia, PA)
  • VocalEssence, Philip Brunelle, Artistic Director (Minneapolis, MN)

Children/Youth Choruses:

  • Anima – Young Singers of Greater Chicago, Emily Ellsworth, Artistic Director (Chicago, IL)

Alice Parker Award: All Choruses:

  • Chorus Austin, Ryan Heller, Artistic Director and Conductor (Austin, TX)

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.

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. www.ascap.com

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