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Miami music professor wins ASCAP award
OXFORD, Ohio -- C. James Sheppard, professor of music at Miami
University, is a recipient of an American Society of Composers, Authors and
Publishers (ASCAP) Award for 1998-99.
The cash awards are designed to assist and encourage writers of serious
music. They are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the value
of each writer's catalog or original compositions as well as recent
performances of those works.
Sheppard is a recognized performer and composer specializing in music for
the electronic valve instrument, a kind of trumpet synthesizer designed for
performers with a background in valved, brass instruments.
He has been the recipient of two past Individual Artist Fellowships from
the Ohio Arts Council (1983, 1989) for his creative work, and has four recorded
compositions including the latest "Snowfall" performed by clarinetist Michele
Gingras, associate professor of music at Miami, on "Old World Meets New World,"
SNE-631-CD, from Societe Nouvelle D'Enregistrement.
The current ASCAP 1998 award is based primarily on the writing and
performances of "Sea Changes," composed for and premiered last year by the
Miami University Wind Ensemble, Gary Speck, director.
Sheppard, an Oxford resident, joined the music faculty in 1978.