The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of 2018 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

April 17, 2018

NEW YORK, April 17, 2018:  The ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams today announced the recipients of the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, which encourage talented young creators of concert music ranging in age from 12 to 30.

“Every year, it is a pleasure for The ASCAP Foundation to get to know and recognize the young music creators who are selected as Morton Gould Young Composer Awards recipients,” said Williams. “We congratulate them on their success and thank our dedicated panel of ASCAP members who selected the composers from nearly 520 submissions. 

This year’s Morton Gould Young Composer Awards composer/judges were: Du Yun, Daniel Felsenfeld, Joel Hoffman, Lowell Liebermann, Tamar Muskal, Alvin Singleton, and Edward Smaldone.

The 2018 Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients are listed below with their current residence, and place of origin. The youngest recipients are listed by state of residence:

Bo Li of Kansas City, MO (Chang Chun, China); Oren Boneh of Oakland, CA (Denver, Colorado); Theophilus Chandler of Houston, TX (Hillsborough, NC); Frazar P. Henry of Florida; Molly Joyce of Pittsburgh, PA; Mayumi Kimura Meguro of Brooklyn, NY (Mexico City, Mexico);  Alexis C. Lamb of Dekalb, IL (Denver, CO); Piyawat Louilarpprasert of Ithaca, NY (Bangkok, Thailand); Charles Meenaghan of California; Shashaank Narayanan of New Jersey; Charles Peck of Philadelphia, PA (Norristown, PA); Peter Shin of Kansas City, MO;  Aferdian Stephens of Jersey City, NJ (Bayonne, NJ); Tina Tallon of San Diego, CA (Baltimore, MD); Felipe Tovar-Henao of Bloomington, IN (Manizales, Caldas, Colombia); Max Vinetz of New Haven, CT (San Diego, CA); and Alex Weiser of New York, NY.

The following composers received Honorable Mention (the youngest recipients are listed by state of residence):  Emma Cardon of Nashville, TN (Logan, UT); Patrick Lenz of Houston, TX (Eastman, WI); Nathan Paek of Washington, Akshaya Avril Tucker of Austin, TX (Williamsburg, MA); Jenny Yao of South Carolina, and Justin Zeitlinger of New Jersey.

+Click here to stream most of the winning pieces at NewMusicBox - special thanks to Frank J. Oteri & NewMusicBox for hosting! 

About The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Established as The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards in 1979 with funding from the Jack and Amy Norworth Fund, the 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.

Among the prizes are the Leo Kaplan Award, in memory of the distinguished attorney who served as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor, and the Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship for a composer 18 years of age or younger.

In addition to The ASCAP Foundation Jack and Amy Norworth Fund, The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund provides additional funding for the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Caesar was best known as the lyricist of “Tea for Two” and “Swanee,” while Norworth wrote such standards as "Shine On Harvest Moon" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." 

To honor his lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators, the annual ASCAP Foundation Young Composer program was dedicated to Morton Gould’s memory, following his death in 1996. Gould himself was a child prodigy whose first composition was published by G. Schirmer when he was only six years of age; he later became a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. Gould served as President of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation from 1986 – 1994.

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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