The Cantori Commissioning Project
The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Cantori, a mixed chamber vocal ensemble of approximately 16 voices, is committed to the fostering of American contemporary choral music. To this end Cantori commissions and performs each year a different American choral work. The group performs the work several times in the spring of the academic year, both on campus and as part of the Colleges Chorale’s annual tour.
Guidelines for the commissioned work for 2016-17 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
While the Cantori Commissioning Project normally features music by a composer outside of HWS, during the 2016-17 academic year HWS’s own Mark Olivieri, Assistant Professor of Music, has been named to write the commissioned work. Olivieri teaches in a variety of areas within the Department of Music, including music theory/composition, jazz studies, American Music, and Rock Music. He also serves as director the Colleges Jazz Ensemble.
On-campus performances of Mark Olivieri’s new work will take place in April 2017.
In previous years Cantori has performed new works by Giselle Wyers, 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.
For more information about opportunities for individual instruction in music, please contact the department.
Phone: (315) 781-3406