Each year, Third Street Music School selects two hardworking and talented students to receive The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Composition Scholarships, which provide financial resources to nurture Scholars' study in composition and songwriting, to enhance creativity and to further develop musicianship.
Established in 2005, The ASCAP Foundation Scholarship celebrates the life of Irving Caesar, one of Third Street's most illustrious alums, who learned to play the piano in 1901 under the tutelage of our founder, Emilie Wagner. A prolific and beloved lyricist, Caesar wrote nearly 1,000 published songs and contributed lyrics to more than 44 Broadway shows, including “Tea for Two,” “Swanee,” and the children’s educational song series, “Songs of Safety.” Mr. Caesar was also a devoted member of ASCAP for 75 years, serving several terms on its Board of Directors.
This year, Third Street students Marcandrew Martinez, age 13, and Skyler Kim-Shellinger, age 12, were selected as ASCAP Foundation Scholarship recipients for their demonstrated excellence in music composition, joining the 28 previous ASCAP Foundation scholars who have benefited from the program with thanks to the support from The ASCAP foundation.
In recognition of this esteemed scholarship, Marcandrew and Skyler attended the annual ASCAP Foundation Honors Ceremony held at Lincoln Center on December 14, 2017, where they were also joined by violinist and composer, Jessie Montgomery--a Third Street alumna--who received The ASCAP Foundation Leonard Bernstein Award for emerging artists.
Third Street is honored to continue our collaboration with The ASCAP Foundation, which both recognizes Mr. Caesar’s unparalleled contribution to American music and links our aspiring 21st century composers with his incredible legacy.