An award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honors a member of the Fresno Pacific University music faculty.
Larry Warkentin received an ASCAPLU$ Standard Award, a cash prize for writers of serious music. Selections are based on the value of each writer's compositions as well as recent performances of his or her works. "We are delighted to join your educational institution in supporting the growth and development of our nation's musical future," said Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP president and chairman of the board.
Among Warkentin's current projects is a string quartet scheduled for a February preview. Recent major compositions include "Sonata for Flute and Piano," performed in October of 2000 with Jannette Erickson, university faculty and principal flutist for the Fresno Philharmonic, and "Sonata No. 2, Reflections on Reedley at Mid-century," performed in February of 2000 by John Mortensen, head of the piano department at Cedarville (Ohio) College. A member of the FPU faculty since 1966, Warkentin earned a bachelor's degree from Tabor (Kan.) College, a master's from California State University, Fresno and a doctorate from the University of Southern California. His awards include 12 ASCAP prizes.