League Announces 2013-2014 ASCAP Awards

League of American Orchestras Announces 2013-14 ASCAP Awards For Adventurous Programming

The League of American Orchestras’ annual conference is taking place in Seattle this week. The League has announced the winners of this year’s ASCAP awards for adventurous programming. Their press release also includes some interesting statistics about past winners.

27 Orchestras Honored

27 American orchestras will be recognized with 2013-14 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming at the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference, taking place June 4-6 in Seattle. ASCAP and the League present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time. Approximately $750,000 has been bestowed on orchestras since the awards were established in 1947. A complete repertoire list is posted here.

Below is a complete list of this year’s winners:

2013-2014 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming

John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music

Albany Symphony, David Alan Miller, Music Director

Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director

Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours
San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director

ASCAP Awards for Programming of Contemporary Music

Group 1 Orchestras
First Place: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Kyu-Young Kim, Senior Director of Artistic Planning, Patrick Castillo, former Senior Director of Artistic Planning
Second Place: St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson, Music Director
Third Place: Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot, Music Director

Group 2 Orchestras
First Place: Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Second Place: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, Music Director
Third Place: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Jacques Lacombe, Music Director

Group 3/4 Orchestras
First Place: Spokane Symphony, Eckart Preu, Music Director
Second Place: New Haven Symphony Orchestra, William Boughton, Music Director
Third Place: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin Music Director and Principal Conductor

Group 5/6 Orchestras
First Place: American Composers Orchestra, George Manahan, Music Director, Derek Bermel, Artistic Director
Second Place: Berkeley Symphony, Joana Carneiro, Music Director
Third Place: San José Chamber Orchestra, Barbara Day Turner, Music Director/Conductor

Group 7/8 Orchestras
First Place: The Laredo Phil, Brendan Townsend, Music Director & Conductor
Second Place: Michigan Philharmonic, Nan Washburn, Music Director and Conductor
Third Place: Pioneer Valley Symphony, Paul Phillips, Music Director and Conductor

Collegiate Orchestras
First Place: Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Golan, Music Director & Conductor
Second Place: Cornell Orchestras, Chris Younghoon Kim, Director of Orchestras
Third Place: Peabody Symphony, Concert, and Modern Orchestras, Hajime Teri Murai
and Harlan Parker

Youth Orchestras
First Place: Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Allen Tinkham, Music Director
Second Place: New York Youth Symphony, Joshua Gersen, Music Director
Third Place: Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Russell,
Music Director

First Place: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Marin Alsop, Music Director
Second Place: Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Katherine Lehman, Director
Third Place: Aspen Music Festival and School, Robert Spano, Music Director

Most Performed Composers:
Augusta Read Thomas – 7 performances. Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (1), New Haven Symphony Orchestra (5), Aspen Music Festival and School (1)
Andrew Norman – 6 performances. Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic (2), Spokane Symphony, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Aspen Music Festival and School.

Thomas, Augusta Read 7
Norman, Andrew 6
Bates, Mason 5
Glass, Philip 5
Salonen, Esa Pekka 5
Adams, John 4
Ades, Thomas 4
Bjarnason, Daniel 4
Chen Yi 4
Dean, Brett 4
Fung, Vivian 4
Harbison, John 4
Rouse, Christopher 4

Most performed work:
Arturo Marquez, Danzón No. 2. Performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and The Laredo Phil.

Historical Facts and Figures:*

*Although the Awards were established in 1947, the League’s records only go back to 1975. It does not include repertoire. Since 1975:

David Alan Miller has won 25 ASCAP Awards.

The Albany Symphony won a 2014 Grammy for John Corigliano’s Conjurer, a percussion concerto which was part of the award-winning repertoire of the 2010-2011 ASCAP awards. They have received 28 ASCAP awards; this is their second John S. Edwards Award in a row.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has received 26 awards, including 6 Morton Gould awards.

San Francisco Symphony has received 17 awards, and Michael Tilson Thomas has been awarded 14.

JoAnn Falletta has received 17 ASCAP Awards.

The American Composers Orchestra has received 31 Awards.

Marin Alsop has received 31 ASCAP Awards, the second highest number. (Dennis Russell Davies has received 36 awards.)

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music has received 33 ASCAP Awards, the highest number of all orchestras.

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival received ASCAP Awards in 2013-2014 for the first time.

About the author

Ann Drinan
Ann Drinan

Ann Drinan, Senior Editor, has been a member of the Hartford Symphony viola section for over 30 years. She is a former Chair of the Orchestra Committee, former member of the HSO Board, and has served on many HSO committees. She is also the Executive Director of CONCORA (CT Choral Artists), a professional chorus based in Hartford and New Britain, founded by Artistic Director Richard Coffey. Ann was a member of the Advisory Board of the Symphony Orchestra Institute (SOI), and was the HSO ROPA delegate for 14 years, serving as both Vice President and President of ROPA. In addition to playing the viola and running CONCORA, Ann is a professional writer and editor, and has worked as a consultant and technical writer for software companies in a wide variety of industries for over 3 decades. (She worked for the Yale Computer Science Department in the late 70s, and thus has been on the Internet, then called the DARPAnet, since 1977!) She is married to Algis Kaupas, a sound recordist, and lives a block from Long Island Sound in Branford CT. Together they create websites for musicians: shortbeachwebdesign.com.

Ann holds a BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA in International Relations from Yale University.

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