Composition Student Receives Second ASCAP Award

There are several competitions it’s expected a young composer will enter, And it’s quite an honor to receive one award, not to mention the same one twice!

Clint Needham

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Clint Needham

There are several competitions it’s expected a young composer will enter as they make their way in the musical world. And it’s quite an honor to receive one of these highly sought-after awards…let alone the same one twice! But that’s the case for our first guest. Clint Needham is a doctoral fellow in composition at the Jacobs School of Music who has just been honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation with his second Morton Gould Young Concert Music Composer Award.

His 2008 Chamber Symphony drew inspirtation from the real world political climate of the last presidential election cycle.  It depicts both the “turmoil of the previous eight years” and the nearly opposite personalities of the Democratic party’s top candidates.  WFIU’s David Wood spoke with Needham in the WFIU studios.

David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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