Him Sophy (classical musician, composer) received an ACC Fellowship in 2001 to survey contemporary music activities in the United States, research twentieth-century music in libraries and archives, and undertake a composition residency at the University of California, San Diego. In 2015, he received further support to participate in the Asian Composers League Festival and Conference in the Philippines.

From the stage of Him Sophy School of Music, Sophy and his daughter Him Chanphissara “offer this gift to fellow artists and their communities at this difficult time.” Him Sophy composed “Oh The Unforgettable Year 2020” in response to the spread of coronavirus. The piece beginning and ending in global solidarity: “We pray for America and everywhere in the world...join together to resolve all problems.”



Grantee Reflections is a platform for ACC alumni to share their collective voice as an international community of artists, scholars, and cultural ambassadors. This is a cultural exchange of words, image, video, and sound from around the world. While our bodies cannot travel, our minds can still meet.