SOU faculty member receives award

Southern Oregon University Director of Composition Studies Todd Barton has received the 2008—2009 ASCAPLUS Award in the Concert Music Division from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

This is the tenth year in a row Barton has received the award. He is being recognized for the work he has written for SOU and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Barton has been teaching on and off for more than 30 years and has held the position of Director of Composition Studies at SOU since 1999. In addition to his work with SOU, he has also been the resident composer for the OSF since 1969. Barton is also a member of the multimedia performance art ensemble, sonoluminescence, which performed in Ashland December 5.

The ASCAPLUS is an awards program designed to recognize those writers whose work has prestige value but is not widely seen due to the venues in which they are performed. The award is determined on a yearly basis by distinguished music experts and is based on a panel review of work that a writer has completed in the last year.

In addition to Barton's work with OSF, he has created scores for many other theaters around the country. He has recorded several albums from multiple genres of music and lectured on a wide range of topics from the symbolism of musical notation of the Middle Ages to music and the human genome.

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