First ASFNM-Funded Work Premieres: “Wisdom and Knowledge”


On Monday, June 16, at the opening Mass of the 2014 conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians, the choir of Saint Paul’s Parish K Street, Washington, D.C., conducted by Robert McCormick, performed the world premiere of “Wisdom and Knowledge,” a motet by Zachary Wadsworth. The commissioning of this work by St. Paul’s Parish for the opening of the AAM conference was made possible by the support of the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music. This marked the first world premiere of a work commissioned by the Fund. An audio sample of the performance will be posted soon.

(L-R) Dale Adelmann, Craig Philips, Joe Waz, Zachary Hemenway, composer Zachary Wadsworth

(L-R) Dale Adelmann, Craig Philips, Joe Waz, Zachary Hemenway, composer Zachary Wadsworth

ASFNM Makes Five Choral Commissioning Grants In Its First Year


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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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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