Simpson University Music Professor Earns ASCAP Plus Award

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University music professor Dan Pinkston has been awarded an ASCAP Plus Award for 2017 for achievements and excellence in music composition.

Dr. Pinkston, whose “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” premiered last month at North State Symphony concerts, has won numerous composition awards, including prior ASCAP Plus awards for composition from 2000-2014.

ASCAP, which stands for American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, is a professional membership association of more than 640,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The ASCAP Plus Awards program rewards members who have written symphonic and concert music, jazz and musical theatre. Achievement submissions are reviewed annually by a panel.

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