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Sound the Trumpets: Jazz Students Sweep ASCAP Young Composers Awards

Like a hit single that seems to play everywhere you go, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music appears again and again in the bios of the winners of this year’s American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation Young Jazz Composers Awards.

Three of the awards, which encourage gifted jazz composers throughout the United States, from the ages of 10 to 29, went to New School Jazz students: Zan Tetickovic, Jonathan Thomas and Josh Kwassman who all won cash prizes for their compositions. In addition, Maasa Kato received an honorable mention.

It’s an honor to receive Young Jazz composer award from ASCAP and to be listed with my New School and national peers,, said Jonathan Thomas. Being a recipient of the ASCAP Young jazz composer award gave me confidence as a composer and brought joy to me to see so many of my New School peers on the award list.,

To learn more about the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers Awards, visit the ASCAP website.

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