YOSA is one of 19 American orchestras honored today with a 2012-2013 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming at the League of American Orchestras 68th National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Music Director Troy Peters accepted the award on our behalf.
YOSA was selected for the first place Award for Programming of Contemporary Music in the Youth Orchestra category, because it featured the works of contemporary composers like Arturo Márquez, Bright Sheng, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon in its 2012-2013 season. YOSA also presented world premieres of new compositions by two YOSA students, Katie Hattier and Darian Thomas.
“We are especially pleased to be recognized by ASCAP for our ongoing commitment to living composers and new works,” said Troy Peters, music director for YOSA. “Performing contemporary music is a vital element in YOSA’s ongoing effort to give our students and our audiences exciting musical experiences that broaden horizons and enrich lives.”
The League of American Orchestras and ASCAP 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 $725,000 has been bestowed on orchestras since the awards were established in 1947. YOSA will receive $500 as part of the award.