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ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards 

I am incredibly honored to be able to announce that I am one of the winners of the ASCAP Foundation's 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards! I've received this recognition for my "Sandburg Poems" for folksinger and chamber orchestra.

If you would like to hear the piece, you can do so and read program notes here.

I am utterly bewildered by the flurry of commotion and congratulation that has come along with the naming of this award. I feel so amazed, humbled, and loved! I want to extend my congratulations to the other 27 winners of the award, who I hope to meet in May. I also wish to extend much encouragement and goodwill to those who weren't recognized, and those who will enter in future years.

Thanks especially to Bruce Hamilton, my composition professor last year, and Tristan Roush, conductor of the premiere of this work. Without either of them, this piece would never have come near being the piece it is today.

And the greatest thanks for this award go to the ASCAP Foundation, who have created and sustained this opportunity to provide encouragement to composers in the beginnings of their careers. I will take this as a great vote of confidence for creating more work in the future. :)

The official ASCAP press release:

NewMusicBox article with links to the composers' websites: