California State University, Los Angeles music faculty John M. Kennedy, a Woodland Hills resident, was the recent recipient of a 2000-2001 ASCAPLU$ Standard Award. ASCAPLU$ is a unique awards program that provides both cash and recognition to many active writers in the early stages of their careers as well as to established composers whose main activity is outside of broadcast media.
The cash awards, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), reflect continuing commitment to assist and encourage writers of serious music. The awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer's catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances of those works in areas not surveyed by the Society.
John M. Kennedy joined the Cal State L.A. faculty in 1994. An assistant professor in the Department of Music, he is also director of the Pacific Contemporary Music Center (PCMC) at Cal State L.A. Begun in 1988, the PCMC has already organized eight music festivals in order to present new and diverse works of music by Pacific Rim composers to the community.
Kennedy received a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. His expertise is in music composition and 20th century music, and he has been called upon to conduct many new works by Leslie Bassett, William Kraft, Tan Dun and Chinary Ung. Kennedy lectures regulary for the Los Angeles Philharmonic UpBeat Live preconcert series. Three of his most recent works will be premiered this season, including a new work for soprano and chamber orchestra.
Kennedy's compositions have been performed at major music festivals across the United States, Canada, Europe and Korea. His work can be heard on Vienna Modern Masters (VMM 3032) and is available from ILC Publishing, Los Angeles.
Kennedy was a recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Scholarship awarded by The American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters, and the 1989 Young Composer Award from American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He has received eleven consecutive ASCAP awards since 1990.
ASCAP is a membership association of over 100,000 composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. ASCAP's function is to protect the rights of its members by licensing and paying royalties for the public performances of their copyrighted works.
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