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April 28, 2006
Contact: Erin Curtis-Dierks, School of Fine Arts, (785) 864-9742.

KU doctoral student in musical arts to be honored as ASCAP award winner

LAWRENCE — Daniel E. Forrest Jr., a doctoral student in musical arts at the University of Kansas, recently won a prestigious Morton Gould Young Composers Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Forrest will be recognized Thursday, May 25, at the seventh annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards program provides cash prizes to concert music composers 30 and younger whose works are selected through a national juried competition. Morton Gould, a Pultizer Prize-winning American composer, was president of ASCAP and the ASCAP Foundation for eight years. The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer program was created in 1979 and dedicated in Gould’s memory following his death in 1996.

To be considered for the award, Forrest submitted a biography, a works list and an abridged, three-movement composition titled “Words From Paradise.”

“The majority of winners are students from New York City and California schools, and I think their works are often esoteric and really cutting-edge,” said Forrest. “My choral pieces, on the other hand, are completely tonal, even though I do some creative things within that tonality. I couldn’t believe it when I saw an e-mail arrive entitled ‘Morton Gould Winner.’ I was pleasantly surprised that pieces like this have garnered attention from New York City.”

The winners of the award will share approximately $40,000 in prizes, including the Leo Kaplan Award, the Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship for a composer 18 or younger and grants from the DeVries, Norworth and Morton Gould funds. The awards were also sponsored by Sibelius, a music notation software company. Sibelius rewards the winners with free software.

Forrest holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. While studying at KU, he is on leave as a faculty member at Bob Jones. Forrest has published church music for choir, piano, vocal solos, various instrumental solos, string and brass ensembles. Forrest’s recent awards include the $5,000 John Ness Beck first-place award for his outstanding sacred choral anthem and first place in the 2005 ACDA Raymond Brock Contest.

Forrest and his wife, Addy, live in Ottawa. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Forrest of Breesport, N.Y.

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