Piano instructor at the Colleges receives American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award for his original compositions and recent performances.
August 29, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Gregg S. Christiansen, instructor in music at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and director of the College Singers at Finger Lakes Community College, has been chosen as an ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Plus Award recipient for this year. ASCAP Plus is a unique award program that provides both cash and recognition to many active writers in the early stages of their careers as well as to established writers whose main activity is outside of broadcast media.
A native of the Finger Lakes region, Christiansen is a composer, pianist, and guitarist with degrees from Oklahoma City University (B.M.) and the University of Oklahoma (M.M.). His teachers have included Phil Winsor, Ray E. Luke, Carolyn Bremer, and Robert Laughlin (Piano). He has participated in master classes with Kirke Mechem, Nicholas Galuses, David Russell, and Alice Artz. He has had additional private instruction at the Eastman School of Music and Hochstein Music School of Rochester, New York. As a pianist, Christiansen has performed as a soloist, vocal accompanist, and orchestral pianist. He is a certified Yamaha keyboard instructor and has been active as an educator, on college campuses and within in the community. In addition to his teaching duties at the Colleges, Christiansen is the music director of the Canaltown Chorale, in Wayne County, and director of the College Singers at Finger Lakes Community College. He is currently working on a commission to compose music for a Dr. Seuss story.
Awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer's catalog of original compositions, as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the society. The awards reflect the society's continuing commitment to assist and encourage ASCAP composers.
ASCAP is a membership association of over 140,000 U.S. composers, songwriters and publishers of every kind of music and hundreds of thousands worldwide. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership.