Commission Consortiums

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

2024 Commission Consortium 

Chorus America is proud of its tradition of presenting Commission Consortiums, bringing together choruses of all sizes around the U.S. and Canada to bring new works from acclaimed composers to life for a fraction of what it would cost a single chorus to commission such a piece. Proceeds from the commissioning fees support the core programs and services of Chorus America. We are grateful to the composers for our 2024 Commission Consortiums: Karen Marrolli (SATB) and Kevin Johnson (treble).

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Kevin Phillip Johnson D.M.A.

Kevin Phillip Johnson (Treble Commission)

Kevin Phillip Johnson D.M.A. biography

Music Everywhere is a vibrant, uplifting piece written for SSAA chorus and piano. The composition celebrates the omnipresence and transformative power of music, embodying a joyous expression of rhythm, melody, and harmony.  The piece is a testament to the universal language of music and its ability to bring people together in harmony.

Cost: $500 USD

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Karen Marrolli

Karen Marrolli (SATB Commission)

Karen Marrolli biography

Glory Morning Bound is a statement of solidarity with the marginalized and oppressed, expressing a dream of a better day to come for all humankind. Inspired in part by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the text (written by the composer) promises a community that lifts up the hurt and broken and carries them with continual forward momentum, as if in a procession or march, to a world where “love is law and oppression is no more.” Simple parts for djembe and body percussion add to the processional feel of this work for SATB chorus and soloist.

Cost: $500-$1,025 USD (tiered pricing)

A Tiered Pricing Structure to Make Commissions More Accessible

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 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 us at [email protected] to discuss options if the suggested prices prohibit your organization's ability to participate in bringing these new pieces to life.

 

HOW TO REGISTER:

Registration for the 2024 Commission Consortium is now open!  To confirm your participation, please complete the form linked here no later than August 31, 2024. If you would prefer to finalize your participation by check, please contact the Development team at [email protected].

Each composer offers a 3-5 minute piece that will be delivered in PDF format no later than August 31, 2024. Participating ensembles will share the commissions and dedications equally and have exclusive rights to premiere the piece through March 31, 2025.
 

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or call 202-331-7577.

Previous Commissions:
2022Suzzette Ortiz (treble): Bomba Holande
2022Christian Grases (SATB): Refranes 1. Camarón Que Se Duerme
2021Augusta Read Thomas (treble): FREEDOM: To Be Free and Sky Bound 
2021Roland Carter (SATB): MAKE SOME NOISE, GET IN TROUBLE
2020Sarah Quartel (treble): After the rain
2020Deke Sharon (SATB): America in Song
2020Karen P. Thomas (SATB): Alchemy
2019Ola Gjeilo (SATB): Roots
2019J. Reese Norris (children & youth): This is Who I Am
2018 Hussein Janmohamed (SATB): The Wedding
2018 Joan Szymko (children & youth): WORDS
2017Craig Hella Johnson (SATB): Song From The Road
2017Tom Shelton (children & youth): Old Tunes
2016Dominick DiOrio (SATB): Change My Sorrow Into Song
2016Andrea Ramsey (children & youth): But a Flint Holds Fire
2015Bob Chilcott (SATB): The Real of Heart
2015Mack Wilberg (children & youth): Come, Little Leaves
2014Rene Clausen (SATB): Now Talking God
2014Caldwell & Ivory (children & youth): Bengi Lele
2013Rollo Dilworth (SATB): Shine the Heavenly Light
2013Alice Parker (children & youth): Coo-Coo Bird
2012Dale Warland (SATB): The Voices
2012Jim Papoulis (children & youth): A World We Cannot See
2011André Thomas (SATB): Someday Is Today
2011Eleanor Daley (children & youth): A Celtic Blessing
2010John Rutter (SATB):  Dedication and Amen
2010Rollo Dilworth (children & youth): Every Time I Feel the Spirit
2009Eric Whitacre (SATB): Little Man in a Hurry
2009David Brunner (children/youth): Spiritual Musick
2008Caldwell & Ivory (children & youth):  Witness
2007Bob Chilcott (children & youth):  Like a Singing Bird