Music Commissions

Voce has earned a national reputation for our commitment to regularly commissioning new works by internationally recognized composers. Voce has also presented national and regional premieres of new choral works.

Voce premiered its most recent commission, a setting of e.e. cummings's "in the rain" by composer Stephen Caracciolo, on April 15 and 17, 2016 in Reston and Vienna. This commission was made possible by the generous support of the Winter-Skerritt Family and will be featured on Voce's new CD (late 2016).

Voce premiered "i love you much (most beautiful darling)" by award-winning composer Matthew Harris and based on the poem by e.e. cummings on March 23 & 24, 2013 in Herndon and Reston, Virginia. This commission was made possible by the generous support of the Winter Skerritt family.

On May 16, 2009, Voce sang the premiere performance of Shakespeare Songs, Book VI by by Matthew Harris. The commission was funded in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County. Read the review in The Washington Post

On December 15, 2007, Voce premiered its commission, Magnificat, We Sing by renowned composer and arranger, Alice Parker. It was funded in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County. http://melodiousaccord.org/biography

On May 11, 2007, Voce performed the concert premiere of the complete set of Shakespeare Songs by Matthew Harris as part of the Kennedy's Center's Shakespeare in Washington festival and was funded in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County. http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/festivals/06-07/shakespeare/

On June 5, 2004, Voce performed the regional premiere of the entire cycle of composer Paul Basler's not-fully published Cantos Alegres. http://gabrielnavar.tripod.com/cantos.htm

On April 14, 2000, Voce performed the U.S. premiere of José María Vitier's Misa Cubana in Arlington, Virginia. http://www.portalatino.com/platino/website/ewespeciales/vitier/fe/index.php?idioma=en

Voce's commission, Three Rossetti Lyrics by Daniel Gawthrop, was performed on Saturday, May 22, 1999 and supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. http://www.dunstanhouse.com/catalog/view/9905

Voce commissioned William Hawley's Alleluia, Dies Sanctificatus and performed it for the first time on December 17, 1996. http://www.williamhawley.net/scorepages/alleluiadies/alleluiadies.htm

On March 20, 1994, Voce premiered Neither Spirit Nor Bird by internationally known composer and arranger Alice Parker. http://melodiousaccord.org/biography

Voce's first commission, Sing Me to Heaven by Daniel Gawthrop, was performed by Voce on Feb 4, 1991 and quickly became a choral music best-seller. http://www.dunstanhouse.com/singmetoheaven