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June 3, 1999

CUA Music Professor Wins ASCAP Award

Anthony Stark, a part-time faculty member at The Catholic University of Americaís Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, has been granted a cash award by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Granted by an independent panel, the $5,000 award reflects ASCAPís commitment to assisting and encouraging writers of serious music. Decisions are based upon the unique prestige value of each writerís catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances of those works.

Stark, 55, has taught composition at CUA since 1995 and is also teaching music theory this fall. Describing himself as a composer and sometime pianist, he concentrates on chamber music and piano in his contemporary classical compositions. The Washington Post gave Stark high marks for a performance in June at the National Cathedral. The reviewer wrote that the waltzes Stark composed and performed "moved from the elegantly simple to the fiendishly intricate."

Currently Stark is working on a 20-minute piece of abstract chamber music for the Contemporary Music Forum, a performing ensemble in residence at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. Along with Stark, fellow CUA music faculty Andrew Simpson and Professor Emeritus Helmut Braunlich are part of the group.

Stark is also composing a millennium piece for the Virginia Youth Symphony Associationís American Youth Philharmonic. It will premiere in June at either George Mason University or the Kennedy Center.

Born in Minneapolis, Stark received his bachelorís and masterís degrees at the University of Minnesota, where he worked with Pulitzer laureate Dominic Argento. He studied piano at the Royal Academy in London and did doctoral work at Boston University. A resident of the District of Columbia since 1983, he has been writing and playing music in the Washington area since the late 1970s.

"Itís a terrific place to be a musician. The audience for new music is small but committed, and itís a great place to live and work," said Stark.

The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, D.C., is the nationís only university established by the U.S. Catholic bishops and is the national university of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1887 as a graduate and research institution, the university began offering undergraduate programs in 1904. About 5,500 graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled. The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, one of the universityís 11 schools, celebrates its 50th anniversary in the millennium.



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