La Jolla, Calif. (March 20, 2014) — La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) Music Director Steven Schick is one of three outstanding individuals to receive the 2014 Champion of New Music award, announced the American Composers Forum (ACF) in a press release last Friday. The two other 2014 recipients are Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Marin Alsop and retired ASCAP Vice President of Concert Music Frances Richard.
The Champion of New Music award, established by ACF in 2005, is a “national mark of recognition to honor individuals or ensembles that have made a significant contribution to the work and livelihoods of contemporary composers,” according to the organization’s press release. Founded in 1973, the American Composers Forum is a national membership organization committed to supporting composers and developing new markets for their music.
Schick, a Distinguished Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego, has been a champion of contemporary music for 40 years. As a percussionist he has commissioned and/or premiered more than 150 new works. As conductor and Music Director of La Jolla Symphony & Chorus since 2007, Schick’s orchestral programs have been heralded as the most daring in the country. Schick is also Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and in 2012 became the first Artist-in-Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). He is founder and Artistic Director of “Roots and Rhizomes,” a summer course on contemporary percussion music held at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and he maintains an active guest conducting schedule that this season includes the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Nova Chamber Ensemble and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. Schick was recently announced as the Music Director of the 2015 Ojai Festival.
Schick will be presented with the Champion of New Music award on April 5, 2014 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN, during his conducting appearance with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus is San Diego’s oldest and largest community orchestra and chorus. In six concert pairs each season performed on the UC San Diego campus, the ensemble combines classics from the traditional repertoire with a unique blend of premieres, commissions and performances of rarely-heard, often monumental works. Under the leadership of Music Director Steven Schick, LJS&C has been critically acclaimed as offering the most daring orchestral programs in the country. He is joined during the concert season by colleague David Chase who is beginning his 40th year as LJS&C Choral Director.