CCM alumnus Charles Peck (MM Composition, 2012) is one of 17 young composers to receive a 2018 Morton Gould Young Composer Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

This year, the ASCAP Foundation received 520 submissions of for the Morton Gould Young Composer Award, which honors the late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and the foundation’s former president Morton Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators. Open to composers of original, classical concert music, the award encourages developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers.

Peck won the award for Vinyl, a work for chamber orchestra that imitates the flaws of the sound produced by vinyl records, including skips and pitch warping. The piece was written for New York-based chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound and has been performed at the Mizzou International Composers Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

Peck currently teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a doctoral candidate at Cornell University, where he earned the Otto R. Stahl Memorial Award in composition. He received his bachelor’s degree in music industry from Drexel University. During his time at CCM, Peck was named the winner of the Composition Competition and was awarded the Scott Huston Award for composition.

Later this week, CCM’s Composition Department hosts the 2018 Midwest Composers Symposium, which opens with a concert by the CCM Wind Symphony, Chorale and Chamber Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. There will also be participant concerts featuring the compositions by students from CCM, Indiana University, University of Iowa and University of Michigan throughout the day on Saturday, Oct. 20. Learn more about CCM’s Composition program at

About the ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, the ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. Learn more at

Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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