The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the sixteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $185,000. The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Ezra Laderman (chairman), Samuel Adler, David Del Tredici, John Harbison, Tania León, Fred Lerdahl, and Joan Tower. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.
Arts and Letters Awards in Music
Four composers will each receive a $7500 Arts and Letters Award in Music, which honors outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice. Each will receive an additional $7500 toward the recording of one work. The winners are Steven Burke, Tom Cipullo, Donald Crockett, and Kamran Ince.
Benjamin H. Danks Award in Music
Adam Roberts will receive the $20,000 Benjamin H. Danks Award in Music. This award is given in rotation to a composer of ensemble works, a playwright, and a writer, and is made possible through a gift from Roy Linden Danks to encourage young talent.
Walter Hinrichsen Award
Arthur V. Kreiger will receive the Walter Hinrichsen Award for the publication of a work by a gifted composer. This award was established by the C. F. Peters Corporation, music publishers, in 1984.
Goddard Lieberson Fellowships
Two Goddard Lieberson Fellowships of $15,000, endowed in 1978 by the CBS Foundation, are given to mid-career composers of exceptional gifts. This year they will go to Daniel Ott and Kate Soper.
Charles Ives Fellowships
Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Charles Ives’ music, which has enabled the Academy to give the Ives awards in composition since 1970. Two Charles Ives Fellowships, of $15,000 each, will be awarded to David Fulmer and Ted Hearne.
Charles Ives Scholarships
Joshua Cody, Stephen Feigenbaum, Patrick Harlin, Tonia Ko, Michael Lee, and Elizabeth Ogonek will receive Charles Ives Scholarships of $7500, given to composition students of great promise.
(from the press release)