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.
Ann Stookey Fund Announces 2019 Commissioning Grant for New Choral Work by Pulitzer Laureate Caroline Shaw
The Ann Stookey Fund for New Music today announced that it has awarded a $30,000 grant to support the commissioning by a consortium of choirs of a new work by Caroline Shaw, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for her work “Partita for Eight Voices.”
The new work is commissioned by a consortium of choirs composed of The Crossing (Philadelphia), Cantori New York (New York City), Volti (San Francisco), and Notre Dame Vocale (South Bend, Indiana). Each will give the regional premiere of the new work intended for the 2021-2022 season.
“We are delighted to work with a consortium of highly regarded, leading edge organizations to identify the next generation of great choral composers and to support efforts to bring their work to audiences,” said Joe Waz, chair of the Fund. “With this latest commission to Caroline Shaw, who has been hailed for her ‘exquisite, distinctive compositional voice,’ the Fund is please to help expand the choral arts in Ann’s memory.”
For more details, please read our press release.