CAPMT Lifetime Achievement Award

CAPMT Lifetime Achievement Award for service in music recognizes an individual or a group residing in the same geographic area where the CAPMT State Conference will be held during the award year.


Recognition of deserving individuals and/or groups 

• Increase public awareness for "classical music” in general 

• Increased visibility of CAPMT 


The individual or group nominated for an award should have demonstrated leadership and service in the music community of his or her geographical area over a significant period of time. This might include work as an administrator, donor, volunteer, teacher or performer. Private companies, government agencies and arts support groups are eligible. 


A three-member committee composed of the VP Conferences, as Chairman, the President, and a Member at Large from the area presents a recommendation to the CAPMT Board of Directors at its fall meeting where a final decision is made. (Suggestions from CAPMT members may be submitted to the committee for consideration.) The award will be a plaque or a custom, artistically designed certificate, handsomely framed, citing accomplishments of the individual or group. 

Current  Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Dr. Charles Asche

Charles Asche has performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, South America, Russia, and Asia. Performance venues have included the renowned Rachmaninoff Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the historic Philharmonic Hall in Samara, Russia, Chamber Music Hall at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, the Sala America in the National Library in Santiago, Chile, Zilkha Hall in Houston, Texas, and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. 

His performances have garnered praise and accolades from critics including composer/critic Federico Heinlein in "ElMercurio," Santiago, Chile:

 ...His virtues as a musician, as a strategist, and as a virtuoso seemed to culminate in the Sonata Op. 5 (f minor) of Johannes Brahms; the final work on the program. Asche's interpretation grants the most diverse colors to the luminous work of the young Brahms; even then still in his teens. Everything made sense and was in accord with the Brahmsian spirit. The fullness and grandeur of the Allegro maestoso, the dream-like climate of the Andante, the opposition of fiery impetuousness and calm in the Scherzo, the dramatic qualities of the "Retrospective"; an interpolated movement, and the finale with its fantastically resolved gradations, were all artistic triumphs of outstanding merit...

Regarding his performances and Master Classes in Russia, Larissa Parfyonova, director of the Samara Musical College commented:

 ...The poetic charm and elevated romanticism of Professor Asche's music touched us deeply. The wide range of his musical interests, distinctive aesthetic position, and his original opinions and humor in communicating with the students and audience found an enthusiastic reception at the auditoriums; which were filled to capacity... 

 Originally from Miami, Florida, his early studies were with Peggy Neighbors Erwin. Ms. Erwin was a student of the legendary teacher Olga Samaroff.

 Dr. Asche was the recipient of a National Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship to attend the National Music Camp at Interlochen, and was a winner in the Camp's prestigious Concerto Competition. He was also the recipient of the Outstanding Male Musician Award presented by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. At Interlochen, he was a student of the distinguished American pianist; Nelita True.

 He later attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was a student of the eminent pianist and teacher, John Perry, and completed his doctoral studies there under the guidance of Nancy Garrett. 

 Dr. Asche was awarded first prizes in the Shreveport Symphony (Wiedemann) Competition, and the Three Rivers Southwest Regional Competition.  

During a distinguished teaching career of over forty years, Dr. Asche has been a member of the faculties of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Claremont Colleges in Los Angeles, the International Institute for Young Musicians, and has been a member of the Music Faculty at the University of California at Santa Barbara since 1991. His current and former students have been prize-winners in various competitions including the Santa Barbara Performing Arts Scholarship CompetitionAlice Nelson Concerto CompetitionPomona College Symphony Orchestra Concerto CompetitionsUCLA Piano Competition, the Washington International CompetitionInterlochen Concerto CompetitionsNational Symphony (Washington D.C.) Concerto Auditions, and the Carmel (California) Music Competition. For three summers at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Dr. Asche was the teacher of the distinguished American pianist Christopher Taylor.  Dr. Taylor is winner of the first prize in the William Kapell International Competition, and the Bronze Medal at the 1993 Van Cliburn International Competition. He has also been awarded the Gilmore International Award as well as the Avery Fisher Prize for Career Development

 Dr. Asche’s students have occupied positions or are currently serving on various faculties including Shorter University, Hope College, Pittsburgh Center for Young Musicians, San Diego State University, Minnesota State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

In the midst of his extensive career as a performer and teacher, Dr. Asche has performed exemplary service for both CAPMT and MTNA. From 1993-1995, he was District Coordinator for CAPMT District VI.

Many CAPMT members will remember a bygone era of Concerto/Symphony programs at the State Conferences. For five years, from 1995 to 2000, Dr. Asche was the State Coordinator for the CAPMT Concerto Competition which included the recruitment of a symphony orchestra to accompany the CAPMT Concerto Winners at the State Convention, as well as coordinating the northern and southern regional concerto competitions. From 2000 to 2017, Dr. Asche was the SW Division Coordinator for the MTNA Young Artist Competitions, as well as the MTNA Chamber Music Competitions.

Past Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Gwendolyn Mok, Concert Pianist, Recording Artist, Chamber Musician, Educator, Keyboard Studies Coordinator at San Jose State University
 2018Christopher O’Riley, Pianist, Arranger, Collaborative Artist, Composer, Educator and Media Personality.  Host of NPR’s From the Top for nearly 20 years
 2017William Wellborn, Pianist, Educator, Recording Artist. Wellborn is founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Liszt Society; he also serves as Vice-President for the San Francisco Council of the Chopin Foundation.
 2016Morty and Iris Manus, Founder of Alfred Music Publishing
 Dr. E.L. Lancaster, Senior Vice President and Keyboard Editor-in-Chief of Alfred Music
 2015Frederica von Stade, World-Renowned Mezzo Soprano
 Edward A Francis, Pianist, Educator, Administrator, Arts Advocate
 2014Stephen McCurry, Executive Director of Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Barbara Day Turner, Music Director of San Jose Chamber Orchestra 


Dorothy Barnhouse, Singer, Teacher, Founder of Musica en los Barrios, Managua
 2011Francoise Regnat, Pianist, Master Teacher 
 2010Jane Smisor Bastien, Master Teacher
 Joseph Matthews, Master Teacher 
 2009Vance George, Choral Conductor, Master Teacher
 2008Stewart Gordon, Pianist, Teacher, Recording Artist, Author
 2007Hans Boepple, Concert Pianist, Master Teacher, Recording Artist
 2006Daniel Pollack, Concert Artist, Master Teacher, International Juror