The Awards for Adventurous Programming, offered annually for the past 44 years by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, have once again been awarded to American choruses and orchestras demonstrating an “exceptional commitment to contemporary composers.” The awards to orchestras were presented in June 2001 at that the American Symphony Orchestra League’s National Conference in Seattle and four choral ensembles were honored at the Chorus America Annual Conference in Toronto.
ASCAP’s Vice President of Concert Music, Frances Richard presented the choral awards to the winning organizations, commending them for championing “music which expresses our own time.” In her opening remarks, she commented: "The excellent performances, commissions and recordings of American vocal ensembles have enriched and replenished the great choral repertory. On behalf of the composers whose music you present, we thank you."
She also noted that for the first time a separate category for Children/Youth Choruses had been established to recognize of the dynamic growth and contribution of singing ensembles comprised of American children.
Richard was also on hand for the presentation ceremony to orchestras in Seattle, during which she noted that “just as we rebuild our concert halls and replenish the ranks of our orchestras, the members of ASCAP congratulate those who enrich the orchestral repertory and keep our great concert music tradition vibrant and alive.”
That afternoon the American Symphony Orchestra League also presented Adolph “Bud” Herseth with their annual Gold Baton award. The 53-year-member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is the first musician to receive the award. The ASCAP Foundation and Meet The Composer commissioned Seattle Symphony Resident Composer Samuel Jones to create a fanfare for brass and organ in honor of the occasion. The resulting work, Aurum Aurorae, opened and closed the awards ceremony.
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses more than $11.8 Million
Minnesota Orchestra, Eiji Oue, Music Director
Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, Music Director
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $4.135-$11.8 Million
The Toledo Symphony, Andrew Massey, Music Director and Conductor
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $1.4-$4.135 Million
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $325,000-$1.4 Million
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $325,000 or less
Orange County High School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Russell, Music Director
Etowah Youth Orchestras, Michael R. Gagliardo, Music Director and Conductor
Choruses with budgets of $400,000 and higher
Choruses with budgets of $90,001 – $399,999
The Esoterics, Eric Banks, Director (Seattle, Washington)
Choruses with budgets of $90,000 or less
Los Angeles Chamber Singers and Cappella, Peter Rutenberg, Music Director