The seventh annual ASCAP Foundation Awards and Scholarships Reception is scheduled for Dec. 5 at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.
A highlight of the ceremony, which will be hosted by ASCAP Foundation President Marilyn Bergman, will be the presentation of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. A wide variety of other awards and scholarships will also be presented at the 5 PM event.
The complete list of award recipients follows:
Louis Armstrong Scholarship (Queens College): Sandra Hempel
Boosey & Hawkes Scholarship honoring Aaron Copland: Kwami Coleman
Leiber & Stoller Scholarship: Andrew Roitstein
Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at Tanglewood: Jeff Myers
Max Dreyfus Scholarship (NYU Tisch): Andrew Elsesser
Henry Mancini Music Scholarships: Nathaniel Fox Beversluis, Gordon Haab II
Michael Masser Scholarship: Kelly Porter
Dreyfus/Warner Chappell/CCNY Scholarship: Sebastian Cruz
Ira Gershwin Award (LaGuardia HS): Shan Shan Na & Karen Yim
Frederick Loewe Scholarship (NYU Tisch): Carmel E. Dean
Morton Gould Young Composer Award: Gabriela Frank
Rudolf Nissim Prize: John C. Ross
Richard Rodgers New Horizon Award: Zina Goldhirsch & Marcy Heisler
ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award: Lori McKenna
ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award: Stephen Sondheim
Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim has written a plethora of musicals, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Passion. He also contributed lyrics to West Side Story and Gypsy, and his latest musical — a collaboration with director Hal Prince — is titled Gold. Sondheim was celebrated this past summer with all-star stagings of six of his musicals at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The ASCAP Foundation is dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging the development of American music through educational programs.