Hansen claims 13th straight ASCAP award

Commerce – Dr. Ted Hansen, A&M-Commerce music professor, recently claimed his 13th consecutive American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award for his contributions to music.

"I continue to be extremely grateful to be recognized for my efforts as a composer, since it requires a considerable amount of time and hard work beyond my teaching responsibilities," Hansen said. "I always feel fortunate to be able to pursue the opportunities to create music since I have spent my entire life in love with sound. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by the fabulous performers on this faculty who have been willing to play my music."

The ASCAP award is based on published works and performances as determined by ASCAP media surveys, composition work and quality compositions in the opinion of the award panel. This year's award was based on his most recent performances, which include "Time Passes By," "Aria for Trombone and Piano," "Polygons for Saxophone Quintet," and "Montage for Trombone and Piano," among others.

Throughout the years, Hansen's work has been performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C., and on National Education Television. Seesaw Music Corporation, a division of Subito Music Corporations, has published 46 of Hansen's compositions.

On campus, Hansen teaches composition and orchestration courses as well as the capstone course, "Architecture, Philosophy and Music." He is known as a jazz pianist, and presents an annual recital at A&M-Commerce to celebrate his passion for music each year.