Music Publishers Association Announces 2016 Paul Revere Awards

The 2016 Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence were announced during the luncheon of the annual meeting of the Music Publishers Association at the Redbury Hotel in New York City on Friday, June 10. Among the award-winning publications were scores by Steven Mackey, William Kraft, John Harbison, Augusta Read Thomas, and Daniel Dorff.

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Frank J. Oteri

Frank J. Oteri is an ASCAP-award winning composer and music journalist. Among his compositions are Already Yesterday or Still Tomorrow for orchestra, the "performance oratorio" MACHUNAS, the 1/4-tone sax quartet Fair and Balanced?, and the 1/6-tone rock band suite Imagined Overtures. His compositions are represented by Black Tea Music. Oteri is the Vice President of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and is Composer Advocate at New Music USA where he has been the Editor of its web magazine,, since its founding in 1999.

The 2016 Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence were announced during the luncheon of the annual meeting of the Music Publishers Association at the Redbury Hotel in New York City on Friday, June 10. Among the award-winning publications were a violin concerto by Steven Mackey, a timpani concerto by William Kraft, a Thelonious Monk-inspired wind band piece by John Harbison, two settings of poems by E. E. Cummings for women’s chorus by Augusta Read Thomas, and a work for flute orchestra by Daniel Dorff. All-in-all, publications in 13 separate award categories, ranging from educational folios to piano and guitar solos to choral and full orchestra scores, were honored. As perhaps a sign of changing times, the award category “Publications for Electronic Distribution” has been eliminated since at this point publishers can submit digital scores for consideration in any of the other categories.  A complete list of award-winning publications appears below.

Full Scores

1st Prize – Steven Mackey: Beautiful Passing, a concerto for violin and orchestra (Hendon Music, Boosey & Hawkes)
2nd Prize – William Bolcom: String Quartets Nos. 1 – 6 (Edward B. Marks)

Chamber Ensembles

1st Prize – Daniel Dorff: Zoe & Xena for piccolo and bass clarinet (Theodore Presser Company)
2nd Prize – Dotzauer: Three Sonatas, op. 103 (International Music Company)
3rd Prize – James Lee III: String Quartet No. 2 (Subito Music Corporation)

Choral Music

1st Prize – Morton Lauridsen: Sure on this Shining Night (Peermusic Classical)
2nd Prize (tie) – Augusta Read Thomas: Two E. E. Cummings Songs (G. Schirmer, Inc.)
2nd Prize (tie) – Psalms for the Church: Advent and Christmas (World Library Publications)
3rd Prize – Mary McDonald (composer) and Rose M. Aspinall (lyricist): My Savior’s Love, a musical for Holy Week (Hope Publishing Co.)

Keyboard Music

1st Prize – Glenn Gould’s Goldberg Variations (Carl Fischer)
2nd Prize – Edward MacDowell: Classics for the Advancing Pianist (Alfred Music)
3rd Prize – Raymond Scott: Powerhouse (Music Sales Corporation)

Guitar Music

1st Prize – John Williams: Rounds (Hall Leonard Corporation)
2nd Prize – Philip W. Groeber, ed.: The Big & Easy Songbook for Guitar with Tablature (The FJH Company Inc.)

Piano-Vocal Music

1st Prize – Christopher Cerrone: I Will Learn to Love a Person (Schott Music Corporation)
2nd Prize – Richard Hundley: Are They Shadows (Schott Music Corporation)
3rd Prize – The Christmas Family Songbook (Alfred Music)

Solos with Accompaniment

1st Prize – William Kraft: Concerto No. 1 for Timpani and Orchestra (Theodore Presser Company)
2nd Prize (tie) – Bottesini: Fantasia Lucia di Lammermoor (International Music Company)
2nd Prize (tie) – Romberg: Sonata in E Minor, op. 38 no. 1 (International Music Company)
3rd Prize– Eccles: Sonata in G Minor (International Music Company)

Solos without Accompaniment

1st Prize – Schradieck: School of Viola Technique, Volume II (International Music Company)
2nd Prize – Elliott Carter: Mnemosyné for solo violin (Hendon Music, Boosey & Hawkes)

Collated Music (Band, Orchestra, or Large Ensemble, Score & Parts)

1st Prize – Daniel Dorff: Fireworks for flute orchestra (Theodore Presser Company)
2nd Prize – John Harbison: Rubies for symphonic band (Associated Music Publishers, G. Schirmer, Inc.)
3rd Prize – Bernhard Heiden: Diversion for alto saxophone and concert band (Keiser Southern Music)

Cover Design Featuring Photography

1st Prize – Todd A. Harris: The Lyric Flutist (Wingert-Jones Publications)
2nd Prize – Sunday Solos for Flute (Hal Leonard Corporation)
3rd Prize – Michael Daugherty: Trail of Tears for flute and chamber orchestra (Hendon Music, Boosey & Hawkes)

Cover Design Featuring Graphic Elements

1st Prize – The Christmas Family Songbook (Alfred Music)
2nd Prize – John Jacobson and John Higgins: Wing It! (Hal Leonard Corporation)
3rd Prize – Kendor Debut Solos (Kendor Music Inc.)

Design in Folios: Popular Music

1st Prize – The Songs of Cole and Johnson Brothers (E. B. Marks)

Design in Folios: Concert & Educational Music

1st Prize – Peanuts Music Activity Book (Hal Leonard Corporation)
2nd Prize – 25 Great Jazz Guitar Solos (Hal Leonard Corporation)
3rd Prize – Alfred’s Kid’s Electric Guitar Course 1 (Alfred Music)

Robert Sutherland, Chief Librarian for The Metropolitan Opera, announced the winners. This year’s Revere Awards were overseen by Sutherland. The engraving judges were Kazue McGregor, Principal Librarian for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Ronald Whitaker, Principal Librarian (retired) for the Cleveland Orchestra. Graphics judges were Nim Ben-Reuven, a freelance designer and graphics editor working primarily in print, and Mallory Grigg, a senior designer at Simon & Schuster.

Dean Kay and I. Fred Koenigsberg

Dean Kay and I. Fred Koenigsberg

Prior to the announcement of all the 2016 Revere winning scores, two additional awards were given out at the luncheon. MPA Counsel and Acting Schott Music Corporation/EAMDLLC President James M. Kendrick presented I. Fred Koenigsberg with the MPA Lifetime Achievement Award. Koenigsberg, who has spent his career as an attorney specializing in copyright and related intellectual property law, has been president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (the first copyright lawyer to serve in that position) as well as chairman of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law. Serving as in-house counsel for the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) for 18 years, after his retirement Koenigsberg continues to serve as counsel to ASCAP’s Board of Directors. Newly elected MPA President Sean Patrick Flahaven, Senior Vice President of Theatre and Catalog Development for Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), presented Dean Kay with the Arnold Broido Award for Copyright Advocacy. Kay, a songwriter and music publisher who also serves on ASCAP’s board, is the editor of “The Dean’s List,” a daily email digest of news about music, copyright and new technology in the entertainment industry.

Natalie Madaj

Natalie Madaj compared the late 1990s to today during her presentation about the need to update the DMCA.

Natalie Madaj from the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) spoke to the MPA membership about efforts that are underway to work toward updating the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act to better deal with the realities of the current digital landscape. There was an afternoon panel titled “We Don’t Want it Free We Want in NOW” which debated the use of PDFs in orchestras, libraries and schools. Composer Daniel Dorff, who is also the Vice President of the Theodore Presser Company, moderated the discussion. There was also a presentation of videos created by the 2016 Copyright Awareness Scholarship Finalists. As per MPA’s tradition, the annual meeting ended with a cocktail reception which this year was accompanied by live jazz performed by the John Murchison Trio.

Paul Gunther, James Matheson, Elizabeth Davis, Erin Rogers, Susan Bush, and Daniel Dorff

Panelists for the afternoon MPA panel (pictured left to right): Minnesota Orchestra librarian Paul Gunther, composer James Matheson, Columbiua University Chief Music Librarian Elizabeth Davis, composer/saxophonist/Peermusic Production Manager Erin Rogers, Albany Records President Susan Bush, and composer/Theodore Presser VP Daniel Dorff