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Students win national awards in juried composition competition

Three College of Music students at have been named 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipients for compositions they recorded last year.

Aaron Hedenstrom, a master’s student in jazz studies; Drew Zaremba, jazz studies senior; and Addison Frei, jazz studies junior were among 29 students from across the nation honored by the American Society for Composers and Publishers (ASCAP.)

Established by the ASCAP Foundation in 2002 to encourage gifted jazz composers under the age of 30, the juried award is named for trumpeter Herb Alpert and carries a cash prize for each recipient.

Hedenstrom’s piece, “The Sparrow Was Gone In An Instant,” and Zaremba’s “Race to the Finish” were recorded for the One O’Clock Lab Band’s CD at Crystal Clear Recording studios in Dallas in May 2012.

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This was the first time each of the students had submitted works to the ASCAP competition.

“For me, the award is an affirmation to keep going, to not stop and give up just because it’s hard sometimes,” Hedenstrom said. “It’s a good reminder that it’s worth doing this music and there’s a way to make it part of your living.”

The students said jazz studies faculty members helped encourage them, especially Richard DeRosa, professor of jazz composition and arranging, One O’Clock Lab Band director Steve Wiest and jazz piano professor Stefan Karlsson.

The winning compositions can be heard on the website of each student.

- Margarita Venegas, News Promotions

Posted on: Thu 21 February 2013

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