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Kean Music Professor Receives Fifth Consecutive ASCAPLUS Award

UNION, NJ - Matthew Halper, a professor of music at Kean University, has received a fifth consecutive ASCAPLUS Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for his compositional work. This award is based on panel review of recent activity of composer applicants. The primary basis for panel determinations is the activity generated by each member's catalog, with emphasis on recent performances.

Halper received the award in recognition of several works from his catalog that were performed during the past year. These performances include his Two Movements for Flute and Piano, which was heard in several venues, including most notably Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, and his recent Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, premiered by the Palisades Virtuosi and funded by a Released Time for Creative Works Grant from Kean University. Trio can be heard live at Keanís new Gene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall on April 8, 2010, as part of the Ars Vitalis series. In addition, several of his flute works have been recorded on Albany Records.

A resident of Fair Lawn, N.J., Halper teaches music composition, theory and technology at Kean. He is also the artistic director of Ars Vitalis, a concert forum at the university, which showcases the works of prominent contemporary composers. In addition to earning several awards from ASCAP, he is a two-time recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist fellowship. He received a Whitaker Reading Prize from the American Composer Orchestra for his orchestral work Stalin's Wake: Homage to Shostakovich. His string quartet was also awarded the Walsum Prize and premiered by principal members of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. While Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers, it is also a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a masterís degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 14,000 students.