March 27, 2015

The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

New York, NY, March 27, 2015: ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2015 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 21, 2015. A full list of the 28 recipients is below.

Congratulating the Award winners, Williams said, "These gifted young composers ranging in age from 13 to 30 represent the exciting talent in our country, highlighting a great future for American concert music. We express our thanks to the dedicated panel of ASCAP members who selected the winners from over 600 submissions.”

The ASCAP composer/judges were:  Lisa Bielawa, Steven Burke, Sebastian Currier, Daniel Felsenfeld, Robert Paterson, Alvin Singleton and Aleksandra Vrebalov.

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 served as President of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation from 1986 to 1994.  An eminent and versatile Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, Gould 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, created 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.

 Morton Gould Award Recipients

The 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients are listed with their current residence and place of origin:  Anahita Abbasi of San Diego, CA (Shiraz, Iran); Timo Andres of Brooklyn, NY (Palo Alto, CA); Katherine Balch of New Haven, CT (San Diego, CA); Yihan Chen of Bloomington, IN (Changzhou, China); Jaehyuck Choi of New York, NY (Gwacheon, South Korea); TJ Cole of Philadelphia, PA (Athens, GA); Erin Graham of Rochester, NY (Lewisburg, PA); Saad Haddad of New York, NY (Los, Angeles, CA); Brian Heim of New Haven, CT (Brownsville, MN); David Hertzberg of Philadelphia, PA (Santa Monica, CA); Andrew Hsu of Philadelphia, PA (Fremont, CA); Jay Hurst of Bloomington, IN (Cape Canaveral, FL);  Evan Ingalls of Bellingham, WA; Sun Bin Kim of Ringwood, NJ (Seoul, South Korea); Scott Lee of Durham, NC (St. Petersburg, FL); Austin O’Rourke of Fredericksburg, VA (Culpeper, VA); Nina Shekhar of Ann Arbor, MI (Northville, MI); Shen Yiwen of New York, NY (Shanghai, China); Daniel Silliman of Los Angeles, CA (Syracuse, NY); Gabriella Smith of Princeton, NJ (Berkeley, CA); Andrew Stock of Cleveland, OH (St. Louis, MO); Jason Thorpe Buchanan of Hudson, NY (San Mateo, CA); and Gabriel Zucker of Brooklyn, NY (New York, NY).

 The youngest ASCAP Foundation composer Award recipients range in age from 13 to 16 and are listed by state of residence: Emily Bear age 13 (IL); Michael Jon Bennett age 16 (NY); J.P. Redmond age 15 (NY); Karalyn Schubring age 15 (AZ); and Renata Vallecillo age 15 (AZ).  

 The following composers received Honorable Mention:  Eleanor Bragg age 18 (MA); Scott Feiner age 17 (NY); Tengku Irfan age 16 (NY); Paris Lavidis age 13 (NY); Vaibhav Mohanty age 16 (SC); Avik Sarkar age 14 (MA); and Lauren Vandervelden age 15 (ID).

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.

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