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ASCAP Announces 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Award Recipients

ASCAP Announces 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Award Recipients

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2017 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards which encourages talented young creators of concert music. The composers will be recognized at an ASCAP event later this year.

Below are details for the nineteen award recipients whose works were selected from approximately 550 submissions and, wherever possible, a complete recording of the award-winning work. (The youngest recipients are listed only by state of residence, as per ASCAP’s policy.)

In addition, the following composers received Honorable Mention:

  • Jake Bean of Puyallup, WA (b. 1995 in Ellensburg, WA)
  • T. J. Cole of Philadelphia, PA (b. 1993 in Athens, GA)
  • Alistair Coleman of MD (b. 1998)
  • Juan Pablo Contreras of Los Angeles, CA (b. 1987 in Guadalajara, Mexico)
  • Gabriel Crist of NC (b. 2003)
  • Nathan Fletcher of Staten Island, NY (b. 1992 in New Haven, CT)
  • Andrew Guo of IL (b.1998)
  • Natsumi Osborn of TX (b. 1999)
  • Ivan Specht of NY (b. 2001)
  • Felipe Tovar- Henao of Bloomington, IN (b. 1991 in Manizales, Colombia)
  • Vu Dang Minh Anh of Rochester, NY (b. 1994 in Warsaw, Poland)

The award-winning composers share cash prizes including 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.  Additional funding is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund and The ASCAP Foundation Jack and Amy Norworth Fund.  (Irving Caesar was best known as the lyricist of “Tea for Two” and “Swanee”; Jack Norworth wrote such standards as “Shine On Harvest Moon” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”)  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. To honor his lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators especially during his 1986-1994 tenure as President of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation (as well as the fact that his own music was first published, by G. Schirmer, when he was only six years old), the Young Composer program was named the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, following his death in 1996. 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.

The judges for the 2017 ASCAP Morton Gould Awards were ASCAP member composers Samuel Adler, Valerie Coleman, Daniel Felsenfeld, Martin Kennedy, Lowell Liebermann, Daniel Trueman, Matthew Van Brink, and Aleksandra Vrebalov.





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