March 31, 2014

The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Morton Gould

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New York, NY, March 31, 2014: ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The young composers will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 22nd, 2014.

Congratulating the Award recipients, Paul Williams said: "The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards program provides recognition and cash awards to talented young composers in the concert music field. We thank our dedicated jury of ASCAP composer judges for their efforts in selecting 27 composers from nearly 630 submissions. We look forward to honoring a new generation of young composers during ASCAP's centennial celebration at the annual Concert Music Awards."

The ASCAP composer/judges were: Daniel Felsenfeld, Douglas Geers, David Lang, Lowell Liebermann, James Matheson, Tamar Muskal, Robert Paterson and Melinda Wagner.

Established in 1979 with funding from the Jack and Amy Norworth Fund, The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards program grants cash prizes to concert music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition. These composers may be American citizens, permanent residents or students possessing US Student Visas.

Morton Gould, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, served as President of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation from 1986-1994. Born on December 10th, 1913, this year marks Morton Gould’s 100th Anniversary. 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. To honor Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators, the annual ASCAP Foundation Young Composer program was dedicated to his memory, following his death in 1996.

The award-winning composers share prizes of over $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 Fund. Jack Norworth wrote such standards as "Shine on Harvest Moon" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Award recipients receive complimentary copies of Sibelius software, generously donated by Avid, the company that creates technology that people use to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world.

The 2014 Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients are listed with their current residence, and place of origin: Katherine Balch of Boston, MA (San Diego, CA); Matthew Browne of Ann Arbor, MI (Monument, CO); Jason Thorpe Buchanan of Rochester, NY (San Mateo, CA); Christopher Cerrone of Brooklyn, NY (Huntington, NY); Alex Dowling of Princeton, NJ (Dublin, Ireland); Cody W. Forrest of Brighton, MA (Guymon, OK); Peng-Peng Gong of New York, NY (Nanjing, China); Eric Guinivan of Harrisonburg, VA (Wilmington, DE); Takuma Itoh of Honolulu, HI (Japan); John Liberatore of Olean, NY (Auburn, NY); Alexander Liebermann of New York, NY (Berlin, Germany); Benjamin Morris of Coral Gables, FL (New York, NY); Garth Neustadter of Pasadena, CA (Green Bay, WI); Emma O’Halloran of Princeton, NJ (Ireland); Brendon Randall-Myers of New Haven, CT (Northampton, MA); Sarah Rimkus of Los Angeles, CA (Bainbridge Island, WA); Daniel Schlosberg of New Haven, CT (Merion Station, PA); and Gabriella Smith of Princeton, NJ (Berkeley, CA).

The youngest ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Award recipients range in age from 10 to 17 and are listed by state of residence: Graham Cohen age 15 (NJ); Tengku Irfan age 15 (NY); Rory Lipkis age 17 (PA); Jonah M.K. Murphy age 14 (NY); Shashaank Narayanan age 10 (NY); J.P. Redmond age 14 (NY); Karalyn Schubring age 15 (AZ); Renata Vallecillo age 14 (AZ); and Benjamin P. Wenzelberg age 14 (NJ).

The following composers received Honorable Mention: Corey Cunningham of Austin, TX (Davenport, IA); Michael-Thomas Foumai of Ann Arbor, MI (Honolulu, HI); Benjamin Krause of Houston, TX (Carlsbad, CA); Michael Kropf of Wilton, CT (Danbury, CT); Wesley Levers of Evanston, IL (Boston, MA); and Geoffrey Sheil of College Park, MD (Dublin, Ireland).

Honorable Mention in the youngest category: Rachel Kuznetsov age 13 (MA); Michael D. Parsons age 17 (NJ); Avik Sarkar age 13 (MA); and Rubin Zou age 11 (NH).

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 

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