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Commissions & Premiers

New Music Commissions


In April 2020, Cantabile was awarded the coveted Award for Adventurous Programming from ASCAP / Chorus America, given to choirs who show outstanding commitment to commissioning new music. Commissioning new music gives our singers the unique opportunity to be the inspiration for living composers, to participate in the creative process of shaping new pieces, and to perform repertoire written especially for them. Music commissions leave a lasting legacy in the world of choral music for young voices.

Past Commissions and Premiers


  • Sarah Quartel, “After the Rain” | 2021 (Chorus America Commissioning Consortium)

  • Jocelyn Hagen, “We Are the Garden” | (Premiere date TBD)

  • Eric Tuan, “From the Window of Despair” | 2019​

  • Tom Shelton “Cantare” | 2018

  • “Down in the River to Pray,” | arranged by Jace Wittig, 2018

  • Shayla Blake “Caverns in the Clouds” | 2017

  • Karuna Sangam “Shed No Tear” | 2015 

  • Will Todd “Shine” | 2015

  • Karen Lindford, “High Flight” | 2006

  • Craig Bohlmer, “Sisters” for Cantata for Chorus and Orchestra | 2002

  • Sondra Clark, “Requiem for the Lost Children” for Chorus and Orchestra | 2000

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