ASCAP and CBDNA have jointly announced that 27-year-old composer Jules Pegram has been awarded the 2018 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize, a $5,000 prize is awarded bi-annually for new compositions for concert band. Pegram’s award-winning work, Concerto for Alto Saxophone & Wind Ensemble, was selected via a juried national competition, which attracted submissions from eligible composers between the ages of 18 and 30 from across the United States. The jurors for the 2018 competition were: ASCAP composers Kenneth Fuchs and Carman Moore; conductor Richard Clary (Florida State University); and conductor Damon S. Talley (Louisiana State University).
Cia Toscanini, Vice President of Concert Music of ASCAP, said, “We honor the remarkable legacy of Frederick Fennell, by continuing to recognize talented young composers like Jules, whose works were selected in his name.”
Fennell (1914-2004), for whom the award is named, was one of the most prominent wind band conductors as well as an ASCAP member and a past president of CBDNA. Pegram’s award-winning concerto will be performed by a prominent ensemble in 2019.