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PR # 80 October 23, 2007


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) faculty member Dr. John Sichel has been awarded a 2007-2008 ASCAPLUS Award ? Concert Music Division from the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers. Dr. Sichel, a resident of Mountainside, is an adjunct assistant professor in the College?s Visual & Performing Arts Department.

ASCAPLUS is an awards program that provides cash and recognition to ASCAP composers. Awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer?s catalog of original compositions, as well as recent performances. The awards are determined by a panel of accredited professionals that includes noted conductors and music educators.

Dr. Sichel, director of the RVCC Chorale, is a well-known artist who has composed extensively in many genres. His most recent compositions include a clarinet quintet; six piano sonatas and a sonata for piano, four-hands; a number of songs and short choral works; and works commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey Youth Symphony.

His music is published by Puna Music and Ludwig Music, as well as under his own label, Great Horned Music.

Dr. Sichel received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music. He teaches theory, composition, piano, music history and rock-and-roll history at RVCC.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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