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Stevens’ Will Stackpole Awarded Nissim Prize for Composition that Mirrors Society

Will Stackpole has received the 2019 ASCAP Nissim Prize for his latest composition, fEED

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Will Stackpole has received the 2019 ASCAP Nissim Prize for his latest composition, fEED

(Hoboken, N.J. – Feb. 6, 2019) – Stevens alumni and adjunct professor Will Stackpole has been recognized with the 39th annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize for his artistic contributions and approach to music composition. The prize was awarded for fEED, a 16-minute piece of music that reflects on the agitation caused by the constant influx of data in today's social media driven culture.

Will Stackpole

Established by Dr. Rudolf Nissim, the annual recognition is presented to an ASCAP concert composer for a work requiring a conductor that has not been performed professionally. Each year a jury of three conductors selects the winning score.

“I wrote this piece at the end of 2017 to comment on a very relevant topic in society, the impact of social media and a 24-hour news cycle on our view of the world around us,” said Stackpole. “It is a distinct honor to be recognized by the ASCAP Foundation and I am grateful for the peers and mentors who have helped me reach this distinction.” 

Stackpole’s works have been performed across the country by many notable ensembles including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Levin/Davin Duo and the Juilliard Orchestra. He began his musical career as an electric guitarist and recording engineer, primarily performing in rock bands in his home state of New Hampshire and later in Hoboken.

Stackpole holds his B.A. in Music and Technology from Stevens and currently serves as a composition instructor and adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Letters. Stackpole also earned an M.M. in Composition from the Julliard School, where he was the two-time winner of the Julliard Orchestra Competition. 

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