Congratulations to composer John Luther Adams for winning another coveted prize.

The William Schuman Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of an American composer whose works have been widely performed and generally acknowledged to be of lasting significance. It is awarded by the Dean of the School of the Arts at Columbia University. The award is worth $50.000 and is one of the largest given to an American composer.

The award was established in 1981. Previous recipients of the award have been William Schuman (1981), David Diamond (1985), Gunther Schuller (1989), Milton Babbitt (1992), Hugo Weisgall (1995), Steve Reich (2000), John Zorn (2007), and, most recently, Pauline Oliveros (2010). The award is given only peridically.

John Luther Adams was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize last year for his work entitled Become Ocean. AND more importantly, he will be one of the featured guests at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's New Music Festival which begins Januray 30th.

Here is a link to the New Music Festival's site