Commission Consortiums

Be part of creating new choral repertoire AND support Chorus America!

New Choral Music Honoring Civil Rights Icons

We are proud to share that the pieces for the 2021 Commission Consortiums will honor titans of the American civil rights movement:

  • Roland M. Carter's piece will honor Congressman John Lewis
  • Augusta Read Thomas' piece will honor Rosa Parks.

Congressman Lewis and Mrs. Parks were at the forefront of the fight for a more just and equitable society; as we endeavor to create the society they envisioned, we are honored to celebrate their legacies through song. These new pieces will examine the issues facing our society today and inspire hope for a brighter future. We invite your chorus to join us by premiering these inspirational new songs in your community while also supporting Chorus America:

Roland M. Carter (SATB Commission)

This composition will honor Congressman John Lewis, one of the founding leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and a key organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Rooted in the idiomatic melodic and rhythmic strains of traditional spirituals and designed to speak to the impacts of the pandemic and injustice, the piece will feature an original text by Carter that inspires hope for a new day, a new morning, and a new chance to improve in all we do or undertake.



Cost: $500-$1,025 USD (tiered pricing) | Click here to register today!

 

Augusta Read Thomas (Treble Commission)

This composition will honor the legacy of American civil rights activist Rosa Parks, best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-56. Appropriate for children/youth choruses as well as adult treble choruses, it will inspire and motivate action to fight for freedom, human rights, and civil rights for all fellow human beings. 



Text: "I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free." –Rosa Parks 

Cost: $300 USD | Click here to register today!
 

A New Pricing Structure to Make Commissions More Accessible

We're bringing tiered pricing to the SATB Commission Consortium this year! Our tiered pricing structure is based on your chorus' budget size and is designed to lower barriers to access for less-resourced and emerging choruses. The suggested pricing for this year's SATB commission is as follows: 

  • $1,025 for choruses with budgets of $1M or higher
  • $850 for choruses with budgets from $500k - < $1M
  • $675 for choruses with budgets from $87,500 - < $500k
  • $500 for choruses with budgets less than $87,500

We do not want cost to be a barrier to participation for interested choruses! Please contact André Coleman via email (andre@chorusamerica.org) to discuss a variety of options if the suggested prices prohibit your organization's ability to participate in bringing these new pieces to life.

The Registration Window Has Been Extended

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the commission consortiums! The registration window has been extended and will now end on August 31, 2021.

Each composer offers a 3-5 minute piece that will be delivered in PDF format on February 15, 2022. Participating ensembles will share the commissions and dedications equally and have exclusive rights to premiere the piece through August 31, 2022



Chorus America is committed to eliminating barriers to participation for interested choruses! Please contact André Coleman via email (andre@chorusamerica.org) to discuss a variety of options if the suggested prices or the August 31 deadline prohibit your organization's ability to participate in bringing these new pieces to life.

 

Click here to register today!

Questions?  Contact André Coleman, associate director of philanthropy, at andre@chorusamerica.org or call 202-331-7577 x241.

 

Previous Commissions:
2020 Sarah Quartel (treble): After the rain
2020 Deke Sharon (SATB): America in Song
2020 Karen P. Thomas (SATB): Alchemy

2019

Ola Gjeilo (SATB): Roots
2019 J. Reese Norris (children & youth): This is Who I Am
2018  Hussein Janmohamed (SATB): The Wedding
2018  Joan Szymko (children & youth): WORDS
2017 Craig Hella Johnson (SATB): Song From The Road
2017 Tom Shelton (children & youth): Old Tunes
2016 Dominick DiOrio (SATB): Change My Sorrow Into Song
2016 Andrea Ramsey (children & youth): But a Flint Holds Fire
2015 Bob Chilcott (SATB): The Real of Heart
2015 Mack Wilberg (children & youth): Come, Little Leaves
2014 Rene Clausen (SATB): Now Talking God
2014 Caldwell & Ivory (children & youth): Bengi Lele
2013 Rollo Dilworth (SATB): Shine the Heavenly Light
2013 Alice Parker (children & youth): Coo-Coo Bird
2012 Dale Warland (SATB): The Voices
2012 Jim Papoulis (children & youth): A World We Cannot See
2011 André Thomas (SATB): Someday Is Today
2011 Eleanor Daley (children & youth): A Celtic Blessing
2010 John Rutter (SATB):  Dedication and Amen
2010 Rollo Dilworth (children & youth): Every Time I Feel the Spirit
2009 Eric Whitacre (SATB): Little Man in a Hurry
2009 David Brunner (children/youth): Spiritual Musick
2008 Caldwell & Ivory (children & youth):  Witness
2007 Bob Chilcott (children & youth):  Like a Singing Bird

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