Graduate composer Scott Lee receives 2017 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Lee won the award for his work "Vicious Circles."

Scott Lee also won Symphony In C's 2016-17 Young Composers' Competition for Vicious Circles. It was performed by Symphony In C on January 28, 2017.

Vicious Circles was read in March 2016 by the North Carolina Symphony as part of a year-long engagement between the Duke University Department of Music and the NCS, including symposia, concerts, visiting composers and conductors, and courses devoted to the large ensemble and its repertoire. The program was made possible in part by a gift from alumna Penka Kouneva (Ph.D. 1997). 

In addition to winning Symphony In C's Young Composers' Competition, Lee has been admitted as a Composition Fellow at the 2017 Aspen Music Festival.

Lee is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in composition at Duke University, mentored by Scott Lindroth and Stephen Jaffe. He is not the first Duke graduate student to win Symphony In C's Young Composers' Competition. Amy Scurria (Ph.D. 2015) won the 1997-98 competition with her work Beyond All Walking.

Read the announcement from ASCAP about the 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

Read more about the compositional process behind Vicious Circles and the performance on January 28.

Read The Philadelphia Inquirer's review of the January 28 performance.

Read more about the Department of Music's engagement with the North Carolina Symphony.

Read more about Scott Lee.