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 grants totaling $16,000 to underwrite the commissioning of three new choral works.
The three new music projects are:
1. Notre Dame Vocale, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN: to commission a new cantata for 16 voices and nine instruments by Robert Kyr based on texts from Dante’s Divine Comedy, to premiere on October 8-9, 2016 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame “in the context of an interdisciplinary event dedicated to immersive and interactive experiences inspired by Dante’s masterpiece.”
2. Volti, San Francisco, CA: to commission new 8-10 minute works for SATB by Robert Paterson (“Graffiti Canons”) and Amy Beth Kirsten (“it is possible these things do not exist:”) as part of Volti’s “The Next Page” initiative, which re-commissions composers who have participated in Volti’s young composer workshop and residency program, the Choral Arts Laboratory (“CAL”). The new works are to be premiered during Volti’s 2015-16 season.
More details on this year’s grantees can be found in our press release.