Daniel Asia Nominated to the National Council on the Arts

National Association of Scholars

New York, New York (December 12, 2019) — President Trump announced on December 10th his intent to nominate prominent classical composer, professor of music, Daniel Asia, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts. Professor Asia is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Scholars. The Board, staff, and members of NAS congratulate Professor Asia on his nomination.

Daniel Asia’ has composed a large oeuvre of works, which range from solo pieces to large multi-movement works for orchestra, and include five symphonies. His music has been performed, commissioned, and played around the world, including at Carnegie Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and by philharmonics from Seattle to the Czech Republic.

Since 1988, Daniel Asia has taught as a Professor of Music at the University of Arizona. He is also the director and founder of the American Culture and Ideas Initiative at the Fred Fox School of Music.

His many accolades include grants and fellowships in music including a Meet The Composer/Reader’s Digest Consortium Commission, an United Kingdom Fulbright Arts Award Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, four NEA Composer Grans, a M.B. Rockefeller Grant, an Aaron Copland Fund for Music Grant, MacDowell Colony and Tanglewood Fellowships, ASCAP and BMI composition prizes, and a DAAD Fellowship in the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2010 Professor Asia received the Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The National Council on the Arts advises the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) on policies and programs. It also recommends and reviews applications for grants, funding guidelines, and leadership initiatives. Members of the National Council on the Arts serve for six years.

“Daniel’s vision of the liberal arts includes the serious study of art and music as well as history and literature. The restoration of the arts depends on such a vision,” said NAS President Peter Wood. “We are all proud to have such a distinguished composer and ally of the arts nominated to the National Council on the Arts.”

NAS is a network of scholars and citizens united by a commitment to academic freedom, disinterested scholarship, and excellence in American higher education. Membership in NAS is open to all who share a commitment to these broad principles. NAS publishes a journal and has state and regional affiliates. Visit NAS at www.nas.org.


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