Umass Dartmouth Faculty Member Wins Music's Ascap Award

James Bohn received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1992. He received his Master's degree from the University of Illinois a year later where he, in the spring of 1997, completed his D.M.A. He currently teaches Music Technology and Music Theory at UMass Dartmouth.

UMASS DARTMOUTH FACULTY MEMBER WINS MUSIC’S ASCAP AWARD 

Dartmouth, MA—University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Music Department Visiting Lecturer and Director of Studios, James M. Bohn, has been chosen as an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Award recipient. This is the seventh consecutive year he has received this award. 

James Bohn received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1992. He received his Master's degree from the University of Illinois a year later where he, in the spring of 1997, completed his D.M.A. He currently teaches Music Technology and Music Theory at UMass Dartmouth. 

“These awards reflect our continuing commitment to assist and encourage ASCAP composers,” said ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman. “Awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions,” among other factors. 

Bohn has served as a guest artist at the 7-11 festival in Urbana, Illinois, and at "Most Significant Bytes 2002" in Akron, Ohio. He has had his video works presented at "Most Significant Bytes 2000," at the "MAXIS festival of Sound and Experimental Music," at "MEDiA CIRCU[it]S," at the "Florida Electro-Acoustic Music" Festival, and on the Los Angeles area television program "The New Composers 27 Minute Companion." 

His music appears on several recording labels, including Capstone, The Experimental Music Studios, Frog Peak, and The Media Cafe. Bohn has received commissions from the Bonk Festival, the University of Illinois School of Music, The College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Boston and Chicago Chapter of the American Composer's Forum. 

Bohn also received a UMass Dartmouth innovation in teaching grant for the incorporation of digital video and surround sound authoring in curriculum (2002) and a UMass President's Office professional development grant for the creation of "Online Melodic Dictation Drilling Materials" (2000). 

As a scholar, Bohn is a regular reviewer for the Computer Music Journal. He has also given papers at conferences for the American Musical Instrument Society, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, Technological Directions in Music Learning, the MAXIS festival, and the American Chemical Society. His forthcoming book on Lejaren Hiller will be published by Edwin Mellen Press in the coming year. 

The ASCAP panelists are Peter Filichia, drama critic for the (Newark) Star Ledger; Peter Keepnews, a journalist specializing in jazz and popular culture; Melinda Newman, West Coast Bureau Chief of Billboard; Pat Prescott, veteran radio personality who currently hosts the morning show on KTWV in Los Angeles; H. Robert Reynolds, Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan; Greg Sandow, music editor, composer, and classical music critic for the Wall Street Journal; and Fred Sherry, world-renowned cellist and member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. 

For more information about James Bohn’s work, visit http://www.umassd.edu/cvpa/music/jbohn/ or http://www.mp3.com/jbohn. He can be reached at the University at (508) 999-8570 


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