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Purchase College Professor Ted Piltzecker Recieves ASCAP Award

Date Released: 10/28/2008

Ted Piltzecker of Demarest, NJ an internationally renowned vibraphonist and composer has received an ASCAPLUS Award for his contributions to music as a composer. The Associate Professor of Music at the Purchase College School of the Arts Conservatory of Music tours internationally with the George Shearing Quintet as well as his own ensembles.  He has recorded three albums as a leader. 

The award, given by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), is based upon an independent panel’s review of the value and prestige of a composer's catalogue of original compositions as well as recent performances. 

Piltzecker has held faculty positions at the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music and remains a popular clinician in universities across the country.  For eight years he directed the jazz program at the Aspen Music Festival where he performed with many of the great names in jazz.  He has been a featured soloist in percussion festivals around the world.  His appearances with orchestras including the Tuscon Symphony Orchestra and San Diego Symphony have spotlighted him as a performer, conductor and composer.  Piltzecker is a graduate of the Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music and is a licensed pilot and unicyclist.