Ann Stookey Fund for New Music
Ann Stookey was an avid amateur choral singer who performed in the alto section of Episcopal church choirs in Washington, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles from 1988-2012. She was a fan and cheerleader for choral music in all of its forms, and particularly appreciated work that broke new musical ground.
In 2012, Ann died suddenly at the age of 60 in Paris. Her family established the Ann Stookey Fund in her memory shortly after her passing.
The Ann Stookey Fund for New Music (“ASFNM”) today announced that it has awarded a $25,000 grant to underwrite the commissioning by a consortium of choral organizations of a new work by composer Gregory Spears.
The half-hour work for mixed voices and obbligato chamber ensemble will be performed by The Crossing and other choral organizations during their 2018-19 seasons.
Spears attended the Eastman School of Music, earned a master’s degree at Yale, and took his Ph.D. at Princeton. Of his recent work, The Wall Street Journal said, “Mr. Spears writes brilliantly for vocal ensembles.” The Philadelphia Inquirer said his “Requiem” bore “a modern sense of theatrical timing that keeps your ears on edge until the last note.”
More details on this year’s grantee can be found in our press release.