FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – The American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) granted awards to Southwestern student Richard Flauding and professor William Mac Davis in its concert music division.
Davis, who serves Southwestern as professor of music theory and composition, associate dean for the performance division, and chair of the music theory and composition department, was recognized by ASCAP for the 17th consecutive year.
Davis is an internationally recognized composer who studied under Samuel Adler, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Ramiro Cortes and Raymond Liebau. He earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in theory and composition from the University of Mississippi, his Ph.D. in composition from the University of Utah, and studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.
“This award is a wonderful recognition of his strong influence and activity in the field of composition in the United States,” says Stephen Johnson, dean of the School of Church Music.
Richard Flauding is a Master of Music student at Southwestern and serves as a composition instructor for the Bachelor of Music in the College at Southwestern. His works have been used in commercials, on television programs and in films.
ASCAP bestows ASCAPLUS awards on select individuals in order to encourage and assist members of their society and, according to the award letter, honor “the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalogue of original composition.”