The Cantori Commissioning Project

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Cantori, a mixed chamber vocal ensemble of approximately 18 voices, is committed to the fostering of American contemporary choral music. To this end Cantori commissions and performs annually a new American choral work. The group performs the work several times in the spring of the year, both on campus and as part of the Colleges Chorale’s annual tour.

Guidelines for the commissioned work for 2015-16 are as follows:

  • scored for mixed chorus, a cappella or with limited accompaniment
  • predominately four-part texture (occasional divisi acceptable)
  • six to ten minutes in length
  • single- or multi-movement structure
  • set to a secular English text
  • moderate-to-challenging level of difficulty

Composer Giselle Wyers has been named to write the work for the 2015-16 Cantori Commissioning Project. Wyers is Associate Director of Choral Studies and Voice at the University of Washington, where she conducts the University Chorale and teaches undergraduate choral conducting and graduate choral repertoire, as well as courses in music education and voice.

On-campus performances of Giselle Wyers’ new work [yet to be titled] will take place in April 2016.

In previous years Cantori has performed new works by Nicholas Omiccioli, Carter Pann, Stacy Garrop, Jesse Jones, Ben Moore, Judith Cloud, George Andoniadis, Paul Lansky, Michael Dellaira, Scott Gendel, Edie Hill, Craig Weston, Michael Ives, Jan Bach, Carol Barnett, Jacob Avshalomov, Lee R. Kesselman, Paul Fetler, W. Newell Hendricks, and the late HWS Colleges music professor Nicholas V. D'Angelo, whose Songs . . . I Never Sang for My Father was written for Cantori in 1993 and helped establish the commissioning project as an annual event.


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