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2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award Recipients Announced

2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award Recipients Announced

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ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the 15 recipients and 4 honorable mentions of the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Eligible composers, American citizens, permanent residents, or students possessing US Student Visas all of whom may be up to 30 years of age, are selected through a juried national competition. The composers will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards event in September.

The 2016 Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients are listed with their year and place of birth, current residence, and the works for which they have been awarded (with instrumentation and duration):

The youngest ASCAP Foundation composer Award recipients are listed by state of residence:

The following composers received Honorable Mention:


  • Frazar P. Henry (aged 10, FL):
    Mystery Prelude and an Enigma (for flute/piccolo, clarinet/alto saxophone, viola, cello, and piano [5’30”]

  • Joel Rust (aged 26, NY):
    an awakening voice (for flute, clarinet, horn, vibraphone, harpsichord, violin, cello, and contrabass) [7’30”]

  • Peter Shin (aged 24, CA):
    Mass Hysteria (for saxophone quartet) [7’30”]

  • Phil Taylor (aged 27, PA):
    Sparks (for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano) [6’00”]

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 (Natalie Dietterich); the Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship for a composer 18 years of age or younger (Paris Lavidis); and grants from The ASCAP Foundation Jack and Amy Norworth Fund. Jack Norworth (1879-1959) was the lyricist for “Shine On Harvest Moon” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” In 1996, following the death of composer Morton Gould (1913-1996), whose first composition was published by G. Schirmer when he was only six years of age and who served as President of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation from 1986 to 1994, the program was renamed in his memory to honor Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators. Judges for the awards are all ASCAP member composer. The judges for 2016 were Steven Burke, James Matheson, Tamar Muskal, Philip Rothman, Robert Sirota, Edward Smaldone, Matthew Van Brink, Melinda Wagner and Randall Woolf.

(from the press release)

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