SOURCE: Soka University of America

June 11, 2007 14:04 ET

Duncan Sheik to Perform at Benefit for Soka University

Tony-Winning Composer of Best Musical "Spring Awakening" to Raise Funds for Student Scholarships

ALISO VIEJO, CA--(Marketwire - June 11, 2007) - Soka University of America (SUA) today announced that Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik will be the guest entertainer for SUA's third annual Peace Gala, Celebrating a Vision of Peace. The composer of Spring Awakening, the winner for Best Musical at the 61st Annual Tony Awards, will perform at Soka University on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007 at 6 p.m.

Last night, Spring Awakening, conceived by Sheik and his collaborator, lyricist Steven Sater, led the evening with 11 nominations, winning eight awards including those for best musical, book, score, direction, choreography and best featured actor in a musical.

Sheik was nominated in 1998 for the Grammy Award for "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" for his hit song "Barely Breathing," and has most recently been recognized for his critically acclaimed 2006 album, "White Limousine." His music library includes pop, musicals and film scores from which he will perform selections along with material from Spring Awakening.

The proceeds of the gala will provide scholarships for Soka University students who come from around the world to experience Soka's unique educational experience founded upon the principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. SUA founder Daisaku Ikeda said, "The ultimate goal of a Soka education is to foster people of character who continuously strive for the greatest good -- that of peace."

Soka University is open to top students of all races, nationalities and religions. About half of SUA's students have come from the United States and half from more than 30 other countries. Soka University, Aliso Viejo opened in 2001 and was accredited in 2005 by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Soka University has graduated three classes, with students admitted to such prestigious graduate schools as Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine and USC.

Information on attending the gala is available at,; or contact Linda Safran ( at 949.480.4072.

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