The Cantori Commissioning Project


Cantori director Bob Cowles (right) with New
York City composer Michael Dellaira, who wrote
"The Masters on the Movies--Three Dramatic
Fantasies for a cappella Chorus" for the
Colleges 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 2012-13 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

Colorado-based composer Carter Pann has been named to write the work for the 2012-13 Cantori Commissioning Project. His music has been performed around the world by such ensembles and soloists as the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Berlin-Stockholm-Finnish Radio Symphonies, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, National Symphony of Ireland, New York Youth Symphony, Richard Stoltzman, the Ying Quartet, pianists Barry Snyder and Winston Choi, and the Antares ensemble, among others. Honors in composition include the K.Serocki Competition for his First Piano Concerto (premiered by the Polish Radio Symphony in Lutoslawski Hall, Warsaw 1998), the Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and five ASCAP composer awards. His Piano Concerto was nominated for a GRAMMY as “Best Classical Composition of the Year” in 2001.

On-campus performances of Carter Pann’s new work Three Tongan Legends will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 8:00 P.M. and Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:00 P.M., St. John’s Chapel.

In previous years Cantori has performed new works by 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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