2016 Alfred Nash Patterson grant recipients named

Choral Arts New England has announced the 2016 recipients of Alfred Nash Patterson grants. The ten recipients were chosen from 42 proposals that were received by the February 29, 2016 deadline. Funded projects are listed below. The awards were presented at the annual Awards Ceremony in the fall of 2016.

  • Berkshire Lyric Theater, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
    New composition for the "Ubi Caritas" ensemble by Berkshire resident Steve Murray
    The ensemble, formed in 2011, is a select group of twenty-two singers age 16 to 26 who, meeting for two months every summer, present a series of a cappella sacred concerts in August that raise funds for area food pantries.
  • Cantata Singers, Boston, Massachusetts
    Classroom Cantatas for Inclusion Classrooms
    To expand the Classroom Cantatas residency program into two second grade inclusion classrooms during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Cantemus Chamber Chorus, Ipswich, Massachusetts
    Cantemus Meets Rumbarroco: a Latin-American Celebration
    To support a collaboration between Cantemus Chamber Chorus and Rumbarroco, a Latin-American fusion ensemble, for a multicultural choral/instrumental program that will be presented at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport and at the Cabot Performing Arts Center in Beverly in late April/early May 2017.
  • Choral Art Society, Portland, Maine
    Performance of Donald McCullough’s "Holocaust Cantata" and James Whitbourn’s "Luminosity."
  • Concord Women's Chorus, Concord, Massachusetts
    Commission: "The Tree House"
    For Boston composer Beth Denisch to set three poems by Kathleen Jamie, one of Scotland's most-lauded living poets. The work will be premiered in Concord, Massachusetts, on May 13, 2017, and will be part of a concert tour of Scotland and England’s Lake District in June 2017.
  • Genesis Chamber Singers, Quincy, Massachusetts
    China in Song 2017
    To commission an original choral work in Mandarin by Jerry (Chiwei) Hui, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, to be to be premiered as a part of the ensemble's second annual "China in Song" concert series in March 2017.
  • Massachusetts ACDA, Amherst, Massachusetts
    Bringing public school teachers to the MassACDA Summer Conference
    To pay for registration and transportation costs of some music teachers working in underserved urban school districts in Holyoke and Springfield, Massachusetts who wish to attend the Massachusetts ACDA Summer Conference in Northampton from July 19 to July 22, 2016.
  • New Hampshire Music Festival, Plymouth, NH
    The New England Choral Institute at New Hampshire Music Festival
    The Institute is a new collaboration between Plymouth State University and the New Hampshire Music Festival for experienced undergraduate, graduate, and community musicians. Under the direction of Dr. Dan Perkins, a nationally based faculty will provide lessons and masterclasses during the fourth week of the Festival's five week season.
  • Providence Singers, Providence, Rhode Island
    "Requiem for the Living" Recording Project.
  • The Vermont Choral Union, Essex Junction, Vermont
    Choral Commission in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Vermont Choral Union
    To commission a suite for a cappella chorus and flute by Christina Whitten Thomas on texts by Vermont poets, including Abigail Carroll, Jay Parini, and Jean Killary.

Choral Arts New England has given Alfred Nash Patterson grants, established in memory of the legendary founding music director of Chorus pro Musica, since 1985. The purpose of the grants is to support choral music in New England.

Effective date: 
Friday, April 1, 2016