October 30, 2008
CLARK COLLEGE MUSIC PROFESSOR
WINS A THIRD NATIONAL AWARD
Clark College music professor Donald Appert has been honored
with his third national ASCAPLUS Award, presented
by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
VANCOUVER, Wash. – For the third time in his career, Clark College music professor Donald Appert has been honored with the ASCAPLUS Award, presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Appert also received ASCAPLUS awards in 2005 and 2006.
Appert, who resides in Vancouver, is currently in his nineteenth season as Music Director/Conductor of the Clark College Orchestra. He was honored for international performances of three of his works: Nara Variations in Japan and Spain, Elegy for Strings in Italy, and Prism in Romania.
News of the award comes as Appert celebrates his 30th year as a member of ASCAP. He was accepted into membership in 1978. Appert said, “It’s always a pleasure to have one’s work recognized, especially by such a prestigious organization as ASCAP. My busy schedule teaching and conducting rarely allows me time to compose, so this award is all the more meaningful to me.” Appert said that he is currently composing his first work for a large symphony orchestra.
ASCAPLUS is an awards program that provides cash and recognition to active writers in the early and mid stages of their careers and to established writers whose main activity is outside of broadcast media. ASCAPLUS Awards are determined annually by a panel of distinguished music experts who are neither members, nor employees of ASCAP, and are completely independent in their award adjudication.
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 330,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music.