Composer Will Stackpole Receives ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for "fEED"

January 17, 2019

Michael Seltenreich and Peter S. Shin Recognized with Special Distinction

NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2019 -- Paul Williams, President of The ASCAP Foundation, is pleased to announce that Will Stackpole has been named recipient of the 39th annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize. The Prize was awarded for fEED, a 16-minute work for orchestra. Selected by a panel of conductors, Stackpole is awarded a prize of $5,000.

Dr. Rudolf Nissim, former head of ASCAP's International Department and a devoted friend of contemporary composers, established this annual prize through a bequest to The ASCAP Foundation. The Prize is presented annually to an ASCAP concert composer for a work requiring a conductor that has not been performed professionally. A jury of three conductors selects the winning score.

New York-based composer Will Stackpole’s works have been performed across the country by many notable ensembles including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Levin/Davin Duo, and the Juilliard Orchestra. He began his musical career as an electric guitarist and recording engineer, primarily performing in rock bands in his home state of New Hampshire and later in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Stackpole creates conceptually innovative concert music. His work blends a wide spectrum of influences, often with an affinity for vibrant, shifting colors that move within a rich rhythmic framework. Many of his works contain a narrative of sorts, touching on themes that are particularly relevant to present events. His most recent orchestral work fEED, looks inward at the effects of social media and 24-hour political news on our experience of the world around us.

Stackpole holds a B.A. in Music and Technology from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.M. in Composition from the Juilliard School, where he was a two-time winner of the Juilliard Orchestra Competition. His teachers have included Robert Beaser, Melinda Wagner, Justin Dello Joio and Andy Brick. In addition to his output as a composer, Stackpole’s work as a conductor, producer and audio engineer have led him to work in many different media. He has composed for and designed projects in realms including theater, film, television and dance. He is currently a composition instructor and adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, and a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School where he is pursuing his D.M.A.

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The Jury also awarded Special Distinction to Michael Seltenreich of New York City for Élégie, a 14-minute work for piano and string orchestra and Peter S. Shin of New Haven, CT for Slant, a ca. 12-minute work for orchestra. 

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The judges for this year’s Nissim Prize were: Teresa P. Cheung, Music Director of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra (PA); Michael Morgan, Music Director of the Oakland Symphony; and Michael Repper, Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony.


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Will Stackpole

fEED for orchestra

Duration:  16 minutes

Instrumentation: 3 Flutes (2nd & 3rd double Alto Flute and Piccolo), 3 Oboes (3rd doubles on English Horn), 3 Bb Clarinets (2nd & 3rd double on Eb and Bass Clarinet), 3 Bassoons (3rd doubles on Contrabassoon) - 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Tuba - Timpani, 3 percussionists (1&2 = mixed battery, 3 = drum kit), Piano/ Celeste, Harp, Strings

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Score and recording:

Program Note: “fEED is a piece of music that reflects on the agitation caused by the constant influx of data in today's social media driven culture. Across the whole piece, a single musical idea is developed, growing longer and longer, but is constantly interrupted and imposed upon by chattering and intrusive orchestral episodes. A few of these episodes even depict the feeling of an endlessly scrolling screen, using an auditory illusion called a Shepard tone. The orchestra ends up in a sort of conversation with itself about whether or not to give its attention to these musical distractions, at times lashing out aggressively to put a stop to them, and at others easing back into the comfort and familiarity of the theme that acts as the backbone of the piece. In addition to the more standard orchestral instrumentation, 'Feed' has a prominent part for drum set. It creates a frantic energy in places, helping to distinguish the main musical ideas from the interrupting episodes, and propelling the music forward in others. It's a sound I've wanted to pair with the orchestra for a while now, since it is so versatile and so ingrained in our collective ear.”