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#080--February 28, 2000 For Immediate Release
Contact: John Kroll, William Morris
phone: 415/338-1665

SFSU Composer awarded Charles Ives Fellowship

Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez strikes the right chord with American Academy of Arts and Letters awards committee.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 28, 2000-Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, a member of the SFSU Department of Music faculty has been named a Charles Ives Fellow by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Fellowship, which carries a monetary prize derived from a bequest of music royalties given to the Academy by the widow of composer Charles Ives, is offered annually to composers in mid-career who exhibit "exceptional gifts." This year, two prizes (Gregory T. S. Walker will be the other Ives Fellow) of $15,00 0 each will be awarded on May 17 at the Academy's annual Ceremonial in New York City.

The Charles Ives Fellowship marks the second time in three months that Sanchez-Guttieriez has won a major music award. He and two of his colleagues who teach composition at SFSU recently won awards from the Fromm Foundation of Harvard University.

The Ives Fellowship also follows on the heels of a six-month stay by the composer in Europe, financed in part through a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. While in Europe, Sanchez-Gutierrez was a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study Center in Como, Italy, as well as at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. While in residency at these prestigious institutions, Dr. Sanchez-Gutierrez completed a number of commissioned compositions, including the Millenium Commission honoring the Aaron Copland Centennary by A.S.C.A.P. (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and the American Symphony Orchestra League, and a commission from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition.

The year 2000 will see the release on compact disc of Sanchez-Gutierrez's complete works for chamber ensembles on the Opción Sónica label, as well as releases of other works on the C.R.I. and Quindicim labels. His works are already scheduled to receive nearly 30 performances throughout the Americas between February and April, 2000.

San Francisco State University is a highly diverse campus of 27,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff. It is among the largest campuses of the nationally recognized California State University.

NOTE: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez can be reached at (415) 338-2066 or His website, which includes a calendar of upcoming performances of his work, a biography and a complete list of compositions, awards, and recordings, can be found at


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