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The ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize: Interviews With the Eight Winning Composers

Patricia Cornett1


Initiated in 2002, the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Young Composers Award is a biennial recognition of an outstanding new work for winds by an American composer between the ages of 18 and 30. The winning work is selected through a juried competition that attracts submissions from eligible composers from across the United States. The award has been given eight times to the following composers and pieces: Michael Djupstrom for Homages, Yotam Haber for Espresso, Matthew Tommasini for Three Spanish Songs, Kathryn Salfelder for Cathedrals, Joshua Hummel for Haiku Symphony no. 4, Takuma Itoh for Daydreams, Shuying Li for Slippery Slope, and Nathan Stang for Undertow. The eight winning composers were interviewed via telephone by the author in January 2017.