ASCAP Honors Music Profs for Compositions, Performances

Columbus State University music professors Robert Rumbelow and Andrew Zohn have earned 2006-007 ASCAPlus awards in the concert music division from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

According to the society, the awards are based on the unique prestige value of Rumbelow and Zohns catalog of original compositions, as well as recent performances.

For Rumbelow, professor of conducting and director of wind ensemble activities for the Schwob School of Music, its his fifth such honor.

Zohn, assistant professor of guitar and founding director of the annual CSU Guitar Symposium and Competition, earned the same award for 2004-05.

Zohns original compositions and transcriptions are published through Les Productions dOz, Canada, Tuscany publications and FJH Publications,while his latest recording, Music of Piazzolla, Debussy, Gershwin, and Zohn, is available through Centaur Records. Recently he received commissions for new works from, among others, La Flame Records, the Campbell University Foundation for the Arts, The Trinity School (Miami), the Classical Minds Guitar Festival (Houston), and the East Carolina New Music Festival. He also directed the Guitar Foundation of America Convention and Competition held Oct. 10-15 at Columbus RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

Rumbelows compositions and arrangements are internationally performed and published by Kjos, Ludwig, Warner Brothers, and Alfred Music. Broadcasts of his music have been heard on NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, NPR, BBC, and NHK Japan. Recordings of his music appear on Sony, CBS, Vestige, Summit, and Mark recording labels among others.

Recently, he guest-conducted Pershings Own U.S. Army Band in Washington D.C., and conducted a CSU brass ensemble for the inauguration of University System of Georgia Chancellor Errol Davis (for which he composed an original fanfare entitled Chancellor Fanfare). Current commissions include a work for the University of Illinois for woodwind quartet and wind ensemble, a work for piano ensemble, a work for organ and percussion, and a work for clarinet and chamber ensemble commissioned by Chicago ProMusica, Yamaha, the Eastman School and Florida State University.

ASCAPlus awards are granted by an independent panel including artists, critics and journalists. Established in 1914, ASCAP represents the worlds largest repertory of more than eight million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 250,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members.