“Michael Morgan, maestro of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, is one of three 2015 ‘Champion of Music’ honorees selected by the American Composers Forum, it was announced Thursday,” writes Angela Hill in Thursday’s (2/5) San Jose Mercury News (California). “The award will be presented to Morgan during the symphony’s Feb. 20 concert in Oakland. The award was established by ACF in 2005 as a national mark of recognition to honor individuals or ensembles that have made a significant contribution to the work and livelihoods of contemporary composers. Morgan, who has served as the symphony’s music director since 1990, is known for his commitment to new works by American composers, and under his leadership OEBS won an ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award in 2006. OEBS comprises not only a professional orchestra, but also members of the Oakland Symphony Chorus and Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra and its staff, board members and community volunteers…. Morgan’s fellow recipients for 2015 are the American Composers Orchestra and Claire Chase, flutist and director of the International Contemporary Ensemble.”

Posted February 6, 2015