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Ann Stookey Fund for New Music Announces Commissioning Grants for New Choral Works

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The Ann Stookey Fund for New Music (“ASFNM”) today announced that it has awarded grants totaling $25,250 to underwrite the commissioning of new music by three choral organizations.

“These three projects were selected from a field of three dozen applications, including a great many very interesting proposals from choral organizations across America,” said Joe Waz, ASFNM chair. “We are pleased to remember Ann’s love for choral music again this year by supporting new works that will engage artists and listeners in fresh and exciting ways.”

The three new music projects are:

1. The Crossing, Philadelphia, PA, “The Jeff Quartets,” a series of 15 three to five minute choral pieces by 15 composers (including Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Ërik Ešenvalds, Gabriel Jackson, Kile Smith, and others) whose lives were touched by The Crossing and its co-founder Jeffrey Dinsmore, who passed away in 2014, to premiere in summer 2016 in the final concert of The Crossing’s 10th anniversary season.

2. Cantus, Minneapolis, MN, a 4-6 minute choral work by composer David Lang on the topic of love, with original text crowdsourced with the help of Internet searches, to be included in Cantus’ 2015-16 touring program “The Four Loves.”

3. The Esoterics, Seattle, WA, the completion of a 30-minutes cycle by composer Joseph Gregorio of 11 “Prayers” by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Gould Fletcher, to premiere in 2017 as part of “a season of works that redefines the idea of the ‘sacred.’”

More details on this year’s grantees can be found in our press release.

The Fund intends to make two additional grants in February 2016 totaling approximately $15,000 to two additional choral organizations drawn from this year’s excellent pool of applications. In addition to those grants, the Fund will make up to $10,000 in grants for new liturgical works next February.

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