The Ann Stookey Fund’s second annual application cycle concluded on November 3. The Fund received a total of 36 substantially complete applications from choral organizations, more than double the number received last year. Fifteen states are represented, with more than a third of the applications coming from California. Applicants include established professional ensembles, volunteer and academic choirs, and church-related choirs, and the composers they seek to commission include some of the greatest names in modern choral music as well as diverse and rising talents. A number of the works include multidisciplinary elements, such as dance and video. The evaluation process has begun, and successful applicants will be announced on February 2, 2015. We appreciate the great interest in the Fund and look forward to lending our support to some wonderful new choral music.
On November 8 and 9, Cantori New York will premiere “The Jazzman, His Wife, and the Persian Poet,” a work commissioned from Dutch composer Jacques Bank. This is the second world premiere of a commissioned choral work produced with the support of the Fund. Saturday’s performance is at 8 p.m. at Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Avenue, New York. Sunday’s performance is at 3 p.m. at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, New York. Ticket information at www.cantorinewyork.com.