Frost Senior Ben Webster Awarded 2019 Ascap Foundation Morton Gould  Young Composer Award

Frost Senior Ben Webster Awarded 2019 Ascap Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award

By UM News

Frost Senior Ben Webster Awarded 2019 Ascap Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award

By UM News
We are pleased to announce Senior Music Major Ben Webster was recently honored with the prestigious 2019 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his original work “Junction for Orchestra.” 

Established in 1979 The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards grant cash prizes to concert music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition.  These composers may be American citizens, permanent residents, or students possessing US Student Visas.


In commenting Ben Webster stated: “This award is a huge honor for young composers, and I’m incredibly grateful to the composition faculty here at Frost for the instruction and guidance that ultimately allowed me to receive it. Student successes like this wouldn’t be possible without wonderful teachers like them, so they deserve just as much of the credit as I do!”


Charles Mason Chair, Department of Composition, Frost School of Music stated: “The ASCAP award is one of the two most prestigious awards available for young composers.  Ben is a very talented composer and his three composition professors, Mason, McLoskey, and Hindman and his orchestration professor Stinson were so pleased that his composition talent was recognized by ASCAP.  Also, we are very fortunate at the Frost School to have a close relationship with the Frost Symphony Orchestra.  The work that Ben won the ASCAP award with was a composition written for and performed by the Frost Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Scott Flavin.”


ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams stated: “Our Morton Gould Award recipients hail from all over the world and represent the wide spectrum within the field of concert music,” We congratulate them on their accomplishments and thank our judges as always for their time and effort in discovering and encouraging these young music creators.”