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Adams and Curtis-Smith win ASCAP awards

Nov. 3, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- For the 26th time, the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers has selected Western Michigan University's Dr. Curtis Curtis-Smith, professor of music, as the winner of its ASCAP Award, while Dr. Richard Adams, WMU associate professor of music, has been named an ASCAP Award winner for the sixth consecutive time.

ASCAP presents the awards to reflect the organization's continuing commitment to assist and encourage ASCAP composers. The awards are granted by an independent panel and are based on the unique prestige value of each writer's catalog of original compositions, as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the society.

Panelists for this year's awards are: Peter Filichia, drama critic for the Newark Star Ledger; Peter Keepnews, a journalist specializing in jazz and popular culture; Melinda Newman, West Coast bureau chief for Billboard; Pat Prescott, veteran radio host and currently morning show host at KTWV in Los Angeles; H. Robert Reynolds, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan; Greg Sandow, music educator, composer and classical music critic for The Wall Street Journal; and Fred Sherry, world-renowned cellist and member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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