Indiana State music professor receives ASCAPLUS Award

November 1 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Indiana State University music professor John Boyd has been selected a recipient of the 2007-2008 ASCAPLUS Award in the concert music division presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

ASCAPLUS is an annual cash and recognition awards program recognizing the recent activity of member writers in three divisions of music -- concert, jazz and popular. Winners are selected based on the merit of their catalog of compositions, with special emphasis given to their recent performances. This evaluation is performed by a panel of music experts not affiliated with ASCAP.

Considered to be one of the most dynamic wind conductors in the country today, Boyd is equally at home with educational and professional organizations. He has guest conducted The U.S. Army Band twice and conducted/lectured at the Royal Northern College of Music at Manchester, UK.

Boyd, who serves as ISU’s director of bands, spent the 2006-2007 academic year as a visiting professor at Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, where he served as the first full-time conductor of the Conservatory’s chamber winds ensemble and conducted the Philharmonic Winds of Singapore for two concerts.

An active arranger and composer of all forms of wind ensemble music, he has published works in the catalogs of Ludwig, G. Schirmer, Barnhouse, Cole, Associated Music and Warner Bros. Music.

Boyd recorded two critically-acclaimed albums with the Kent State University Wind Ensemble which was released on ELF as “John Boyd Conducts American.” In 1995, he released, to rave reviews, the compact disc “Capriccio” with the Indiana State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Faculty Winds. Three additional compact discs were released: “Tapestries and Wind Songs,” featuring the ISU Faculty Winds, and “Symphonic Moments,” featuring the ISU Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Working with internationally-acclaimed conductor Frederick Fennell, he founded Philharmonia a Vent, a professional wind orchestra in residence at ISU.

The ensemble, under the direction of Boyd, released two recordings in less than one year for internationally-known Klavier Music Productions. “Ghosts,” recorded in ISU’s Tilson Auditorium in August 2004, features Richard Rodney Bennett’s “Morning Music,” “Ghosts” by Stephen McNeff, Gustav Holst’s “Capriccio,” and “L’Homme Arme Variations” by Christopher Marshall.

“Laude,” featuring the music of influential educator, conductor and composer Howard Hanson, was recorded June 2005. In addition to its title track, works featured include “Chorale and Alleluia,” “Dies Natalis,” “Centennial March” and “Merry Mount Suite,” a tribute to Fennell, who passed away in December 2004.

“Reflections,” the latest recording by Philharmonia a Vent recording for Klavier, includes works by Fergal Carrol, Richard Rodney Bennett, Stephen McNeff, Christopher Marshall and Carlos Surinach.

ASCAP is an association with a membership of more than 300,000 songwriters, lyricists, composers and music publishers of every variety of music.

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Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Indiana State University music professor John Boyd has been selected a recipient of the 2007-2008 ASCAPLUS Award in the concert music division presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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