School of Music Alumnus Dan Muckala (’93) was named the 2011 top ASCAP Christian songwriter this week. ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) saluted the songwriters and publishers of Christian music’s most performed songs at its 33rd annual Christian Music Awards held March 28 in Nashville. In addition to being named ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year, Muckala was also honored as a co-writer on the ASCAP Christian Song of the Year, “All of Creation,” which was recorded by MercyMe, and spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Christian radio charts. In addition, Muckala was noted for writing two of the other most performed songs of the past year: “Beautiful” (MercyMe) and “Light Up the Sky” (The Afters).