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Ann Stookey Fund for New Music Announces 2016 Commissioning Grants

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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.

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.

ASFNM Receives 36 Commissioning Grant Applications

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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.

“The Jazzman, His Wife, and the Persian Poet” to Premiere in NYC This Weekend

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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.

ASFNM Makes Five Choral Commissioning Grants In Its First Year

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The Ann Stookey Fund for New Music has announced that it has awarded grants totaling $36,400 to underwrite the commissioning of new music by five choral organizations.

“With the help of our distinguished advisory board, we have chosen five wonderful projects, representing a cross-section of the American choral community – professional, academic, and volunteer choirs, and music both secular and sacred, from coast to coast,” said Joe Waz, ASFNM chair. “We are very happy to launch our program with these grants, and to begin building a musical legacy that honors Ann’s memory.”

The grantees, and the composer each will commission, are as follows:

Seraphic Fire, Miami, FL, will commission a new work from composer Jake Runestad.

Cantori New York, New York City, will commission a new work from composer Jacques Bank.

NOTUS: the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Bloomington, IN, will commission a new work from composer Dominick DiOrio.

St. Paul’s Parish K Street, Washington, DC, will commission a new work from composer Zachary Wadsworth.

I Cantori of Walla Walla University, College Place, WA, will commission a new work from composer Paul Ayres.

More details on the grants and the works they will make possible can be found in our press release.

Application Period Ends; First Grants to be Announced Feb. 2, 2014

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The 2013 application period for commissioning grants from the Fund ended last night at midnight Eastern time.

“In the program’s first year, we received a good number of applications for support for both sacred and secular compositions from choral organizations large and small, from coast to coast,” said Fund chair Joe Waz. “I believe our Advisory Board has an interesting group of proposals from which to choose, and I thank all the applicants for participating. I also want to thank our webmaster Adam Daniel for creating a beautiful website and helping us to develop what proved to be a very workable online application process.”

Successful grant applicants will be announced on February 2, 2014.

Grant Application Period Open Until November 1, 2013

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The Ann Stookey Fund for New Music is pleased to announce its first-ever grant cycle to support commissions for new choral music.

The Fund was established in celebration of the life of Ann Stookey, an avid choral singer and strong supporter of new music, who passed away in 2012.

The Fund will support two or more commissions in each funding cycle, with grants totaling up to $35,000 each year.

The Fund accepts applications for support of both sacred and secular new music from a wide range of choral organizations based in the U.S.

“There were few things that gave Ann more pleasure and satisfaction than participating in the creation of choral music, especially new music,” said Joe Waz, chair of the Fund, and Ann’s husband. “Through the Fund, we hope to create a living legacy to Ann’s love of new choral music that will help sustain and expand this vital art form.”

Applications for this grant cycle must be completed by November 1, 2013. Grants will be announced on Ann’s birthday, February 2, 2014.

Please review the new FAQs before applying. They may be found at this website’s Apply For a Grant page.

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