John Corigliano Honored with Inaugural ASCAP Foundation Masters Award
December 15, 2014

John Corigliano Honored with Inaugural ASCAP Foundation Masters Award

Rupert Holmes receives George M. Cohan Award

New York, NY, December 12, 2014: The ASCAP Foundation honored Pulitzer, Grammy and Academy Award winning composer and music educator John Corigliano with the first-ever ASCAP Foundation Masters Award in recognition of his distinguished career as one of the preeminent concert music composers of our time. The accolade was presented during the Foundation's 19th annual Awards Ceremony, held at the Appell Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014. ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams and ASCAP Foundation Executive Director Karen Sherry hosted the event.

Commenting on the award to Corigliano, Williams said: “He has lived a life rich in artistic achievement. The beauty of his music is matched by his personal integrity, kindness and dedication to education.”

A native of New York City, John Corigliano grew up in a musical family – his father, John Corigliano, Sr., was Concert Master for the New York Philhamonic Orchestra, and his mother, Rose, was a pianist and music teacher. Corigliano’s catalog of compositions includes three symphonies and eight concerti among more than one hundred chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral works. Highlights include Symphony. No. 1; the opera, The Ghosts of Versailles; Concerto for Clarinet; Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra; Circus Maximus (Symphony No. 3 for Large Wind Ensemble); Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan; the Oscar-nominated score for Altered States and the Oscar-winning score for The Red Violin. He serves as Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College (CUNY) and is on the Music Composition staff at Juilliard.

The Aeolus Quartet, the resident string quartet at Juilliard, was on hand to perform Corigliano’s Snapshot: Circa 1909. Corigliano explained that the work is based on a family photo (circa 1909) of his 8 year-old father playing the violin, accompanied by the boy's Uncle Dominic on guitar.

The 19th annual ASCAP Foundation Awards also honored a wide variety of scholarship and award recipients, all of whom benefit from programs of The ASCAP Foundation. Rupert Holmes -- the Tony Award-winning songwriter, playwright, recording artist, film & TV composer, cabaret artist, screenwriter and novelist -- received the inaugural ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan Award, made possible by the Friars Foundation. The award is presented to a multi-talented individual connected to the music industry who has had a multi-faceted career and has achieved success in a variety of roles, including, but not limited to, composing, performing, writing, directing and producing. Holmes performed his own “Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” which reached the top of the charts 35 years ago.

Other performance highlights of the evening belonged to 12 year-old Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipient Esteban Castro, Harold Adamson Lyric Award recipient Hannah Dasher, Nick Ashford Reach Out and Touch Award recipients Jacob Webb and Todd Schefflin (The JT Project) , Desmond Child Anthem Award recipient Levi Hummon and Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award recipient Steven Lutvak (cast members of Lutvak’s Tony-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder performed a selection from the show).

A complete list of 2014 ASCAP Foundation Scholarship and Award recipients follows.


2014 Award and Scholarship Recipients


ASCAP Foundation Masters Award
John Corigliano

Harold Adamson Lyric Awards
Hannah Dasher – Country
Gabriel Kahane - Musical Theatre

Robert Allen Award
Annika Scilipote

Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards
Nii Akwei Adoteye,
Michael Caudill,
Mike Conrad,
Addison Frei,
Walter Gorra,
Nicolas Hetko,
Dan Kaneyuki,
Keith Karns,
Martha Kato,
John Kosch,
Paul Krueger,
Rafael de Lima,
Sara McDonald,
Josh Shpak,
Andrew Schiller,
Jeff Schneider,
Erica Seguine,
Todd Simon,
Martin Terens,
Zan Tetickovic,
Zac Zinger,
Christopher Zuar,
Nicole Zuraitis
Ages 11 to 18:
Esteban Castro,
Michael Orenstein,
Tissiana Vallecillo,
Matt Wong
Honorable Mentions:
Coyote Anderson,
Dominic Bierenga,
Jake Chapman,
Jodie Landau,
David Meder,
Caili O’Doherty,
Jeremy Siskind,
Benjamin Tiberio

Harold Arlen Award
Stuart Hancock

Louis Armstrong Scholarship at Queens College
Josh Oxford

Louis Armstrong Scholarship Honoring W.C. Handy
Zakiya Hinkson

Louis Armstrong Scholarship at the University of New Orleans
Shawn Myers

“Reach Out and Touch” Award in honor of Nick Ashford
The JT Project (Todd Schefflin & Jacob Webb)

Irving Berlin Summer Camp Scholarship
Brooke Adams

Leonard Bernstein Award
Christopher Cerrone,
Sarah Rimkus

Freddy Bienstock Scholarship & Internship
Grace Roslovic

Boosey & Hawkes Young Composer Award Honoring Aaron Copland
Sam Zagnit

Leon Brettler Award
Jameson Rodgers

Irving Burgie Scholarship
Nismah Osman

Irving Caesar Scholarships
Gordan Lam,
Brooklyn Stafford

Sammy Cahn Award
Tori Tullier

Desmond Child Anthem Award
Levi Hummon

George M. Cohan Award made possible by the Friars Foundation
Rupert Holmes

Eunice & Hal David Merit Award
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarship
Guy Mintus,
Julia Suriano

John Denver Music Scholarships Supported by BMG Chrysalis
Melody DeRogatis,
Jeffery Sims

Jamie deRoy & friends Award
Deborah Abramson & Amanda Yesnowitz

Louis Dreyfus Warner/Chappell City College Scholarship Honoring George & Ira Gershwin
Taylor Bradshaw

Max Dreyfus Scholarship
Ana Garcia

Ira Gershwin Scholarship
Amanda Lubin

Jay Gorney Award
Ric Taylor

Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
Gabriella Smith

(Leo Kaplan Award)
Katherine Balch,
Matthew Brown,
Jason Thorpe Buchanan,
Christopher Cerrone,
Alex Dowling,
Cody W. Forrest,
Peng-Peng Gong,
Eric Guinivan,
Takuma Itoh,
John Liberatore,
Alexander Liebermann,
Benjamin Morris,
Garth Neustadter,
Emma O’Halloran,
Brendon Randall-Myers,
Sarah Rimkus,
Daniel Schlosberg
Ages 10 to 17:
Benjamin P. Wenzelberg
(Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship)
Graham Cohen,
Tengku Irfan,
Rory Lipkis,
Jonah M.K. Murphy,
Shashaank Narayanan,
J.P. Redmond,
Karalyn Schubring,
Renata Vallecillo
Honorable Mentions:
Corey Cunningham,
Michael-Thomas Foumai,
Benjamin Krause,
Rachel Kuznetsov,
Michael Kropf,
Wesley Levers,
Michael D. Parsons,
Avik Sarkar,
Geoffrey Sheil,
Rubin Zou

Phoebe Jacobs Prize
Sara McDonald

Mary Rodgers Lorenz Hart Award
Rona Siddiqui & Liz Suggs

Bart Howard Scholarship
at Belmont University

Kel Taylor
at Berklee College
Khiyon Hursey
Steve Winarto

BMG Chrysalis Scholarship in Honor of Quincy Jones
Ricky Smith

Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Award
Torin Borrowdale

Michelle & Dean Kay Award
Benjamin Woodgates

Leiber & Stoller Music Scholarship
Nathan Kirchhoff

Composition Scholarship in honor of Tania León
Courtney Bryan

Frederick Loewe Scholarship
Tajma Beverly

Barbara & John LoFrumento Award
Music Conservatory of Westchester
Music Therapy Institute,
Eastchester School District

Henry Mancini Music Fellowship
Ben Brody

Johnny Mandel Prize
Erica Seguine

Vic Mizzy Scholarship
Robert Randazzo

Rudolf Nissim Prize
Matthew Peterson

Cole Porter Award
Andre Catrini

Louis Prima Award
John Michael Bradford

Jerry Ragovoy Award
Eric Leva

Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award
Justin Lansing & Joe Mailander

Joan & Irwin Robinson Scholarship
Erin Dougherty

Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award
Steven Lutvak

Betty Rose Scholarship
Annie Rosevear

David Rose Award
Alex Lu

Jimmy Van Heusen Award
Amy Bastow

Mariana & Paul Williams Sunlight of the Spirit Award
Elliott Callaway

Lucille & Jack Yellen Award
Alexander Sage Oyen

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