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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.

Composer Craig Phillips Makes Gift of Two Compositions to the Fund

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Composer and conductor Craig Phillips, a member of the advisory board of the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music, has composed an anthem and a motet “in memory of Ann Stookey and as a gift to the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music.” Phillip’s setting of Genesis 1: 11-12 for SATB with organ is entitled “Let the earth bring forth grass,” and will have its debut at the choral service at All Saints’ Beverly Hills on October 6, 2013. Phillips’ setting of a verse by Hildegard von Bingen, an unaccompanied SATB motet entitled “O Viridissima Virga,” will debut at All Saints’ Advent Lessons and Carols service on December 1, 2013. Phillips chose both verses in recognition of Ann’s love of nature and gardens. Ann sang in All Saints’ choir from 2011-2012. “We appreciate Craig’s generosity and genius, and are so pleased that he has dedicated these two wonderful works to Ann,” said Fund chair Joe Waz.

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.

Grant Application Period Opens Soon, FAQs Now Available

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The application period for grants in support of choral commissions will open soon. The Fund has posted FAQs to help choral institutions prepare for the application process. Click on “Apply for a Grant” to learn more.

Our Inaugural Project

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The Crossing - Christmas Daybreak

The initial project of the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music is the underwriting of The Crossing: Christmas Daybreak, a CD on the Innova label featuring the works of Andrew Gant, James MacMillan, Gabriel Jackson, Jonathan Varcoe, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Zachary Wadsworth, Edwin Fissinger, Kerry Andrew, Colin Mawby, and Robert Convery performed by The Crossing, accompanied by the Choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Chestnut Hill, PA.

Click here to order.

The Fund anticipates underwriting future performances and recording of commissioned works and other important contributions to contemporary choral and classical music.

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