Building upon Classical Movements‘ record-breaking year for new music in 2017—15 world premieres on 5 continents—we are pleased to announce that, this season, our now 13-year-old Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program will usher in 18 new works by 16 composers hailing from 11 countries

2017: Syrian Kinan Azmeh becomes Classical Movements’ first-ever Composer-in-Residence

Argentinian Oscar Escalada – Misa para el Tercer Mundo (Mass for the Third World)

  • For Quinto de Cantares, to perform during Melodia! South American Choral Festival
  • World premiere: July 12, 2017 at Municipalidad de La Plata-Salón Dorado (La Plata, Argentina)

10 works for the Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival: A JFK 100 Celebration in June-July

  • Haitian-American Sydney Guillaume Ansanm Ansanm
  • Latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds High Flight
  • Spanish Bernat Vivancos – L’ametller (The Almond Tree)
  • Indian Madhup Mudgal – Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam (The World is One Family)
  • American Con FullamUnder One Sky
  • Bulgarians Milena Jeliazkova and Milena Roudeva – Orissiya (Destiny)
  • Mongolians Egschiglen – Freedom of the Steppe
  • Zimbabweans Insingizi – Bom Bom Jeys (It is important to know who we are…)
  • Indians Madras Youth ChoirMusical Tribute to JFK
  • German Christoph Göbel – TBA


American Billy Childs In Gratitude

  • For Los Angeles Master Chorale, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna
  • World premiere: June 17, 2017 at Chorus America (Los Angeles, California); Grant Gershon, conductor

South African Mokale Koapeng – Wings of Peace and Love: Reflections on Bheki Mseleku

  • For Choir of the College of William and Mary and Botetourt Chamber Singers
  • World premiere: May 19, 2017 at University of Pretoria-Musaion Theatre (Pretoria, South Africa); James Armstrong and Jamie Bartlett, conductors


2016: 10 works by American composers for Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 100th anniversary season

  • Kristen Kuster – Moxie (February); Marin Alsop, conductor
  • Christopher Rouse – Processional (April); Marin Alsop, conductor
  • Joan Tower – Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman #6 (May); Marin Alsop, conductor
  • Libby Larsen – Earth (Holst Trope) (May); John Storgårds, conductor
  • James Lee III – Thurgood’s Rhapsody(June); Marin Alsop, conductor
  • Caroline Shaw – Baltimore Bomb (September); Marin Alsop, conductor
  • Lori Laitman – Unsung (September); Marin Alsop, conductor
  • TJ Cole – Double Play (November); Marin Alsop, conductor
  • Jonathan Leshnoff – Dancin’ Blue Crabs (Feb, ‘17); Marin Alsop, conductor
  • Christopher Theofanidis – The Game (June, ‘17); Marin Alsop, conductor

American Andrea Ramsey – The Gift to Sing

  • For Children’s Chorus of Washington, in honor of the retirement of Founding Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk
  • World premiere: May 22, 2016 at George Washington University-Lisner Auditorium (Washington, D.C.); Joan Gregoryk, conductor


2015: American Jim Papoulis – Sounds of a New Generation

  • For Miami Children’s Chorus
  • World premiere: May 2015 at New World Center (Miami, Florida); Timothy Sharp, conductor


5 works for American Choral Directors Association High School Honors Choir at ACDA National Conference (Salt Lake City, Utah) on February 28

  • American André ThomasGloria (Glory to God); André Thomas, conductor
  • Spanish Emilio Solé Sempere Hearts Beat Together; Cristian Grases, conductor
  • Canadian Sarah QuartelWide Open Spaces; Bob Chilcott, conductor
  • English Will ToddGloria; Elena Sharkova, conductor
  • American Jay BroekerPeace Like A River; Angela Broeker, conductor

2014: Estonian Piret Rips-LaulSalve Regina

  • For Choir of the College of William and Mary and Botetourt Chamber Singers
  • World premiere: April 2014 (Williamsburg, Virginia); James Armstrong and Jamie Bartlett, conductors

2013: English Andrew GantPsalm World

  • For Choir of Groton School
  • World premiere: May 19, 2013 at Groton School- St. John’s Chapel (Groton, Massachusetts); Christopher Hampson, conductor


2012: Chinese Bright Sheng – A Porter’s Song

  • For Yale Glee Club
  • World premiere: November 2012 at Woolsey Hall (New Haven, Connecticut); Jeffrey Douma, conductor


Canadian Aaron Jensen – We Are as One

  • For Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival
  • World premiere: July 2012 (Washington, D.C.) by combined Serenade! choirs; Philip Brunelle, conductor

American Stephen Paulus – When Music Sounds

  • For VocalEssence
  • World premiere: June 2012 at Chorus America (Minneapolis, Minnesota) by combined choirs; Sigrid Johnson, conductor


8, 1-minute works for Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez and student conductors for Transient Glory Symposium at Carnegie Hall (New York, New York) in February 2012

  • American Derek Bermel – YPChant
  • American John Corigliano – Upon Julia’s Clothes
  • American Douglas J. Cuomo – How to Survive in the Woods
  • American David Del Tredici – Credo Fugue
  • Cuban-American Paquito D’Rivera – UN Minuto
  • American Michael Gordon – Cinnamon
  • Chinese-American Bright Sheng – Thirty-Mile Village
  • American Joan Tower – Descent

American Ken BergThe Cremation of Sam McGee

  • For Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir, in honor of their 35th anniversary
  • World premiere: May 2012 at Parker Playhouse (Fort Lauderdale, Florida); Brett Karlin, conductor

2011: Finnish Olli Kortekangas – Three Studies

  • For Children’s Chorus of Washington, in honor of 15th anniversary
  • World premiere: May 8, 2011 at National City Christian Church (Washington, D.C.); Joan Gregoryk, conductor

Cuban-American Tania León – Rimas Tropicales

  • For San Francisco Girls Chorus
  • World premiere: June 2011 at Chorus America (San Francisco, California); Susan McMane, conductor

American David RimelisOrchKids Nation

  • For Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in honor of Marin Alsop
  • World premiere: March 2011 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Maryland)

2010: South African Mokale Koapeng Letlang Bana

  • For Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival
  • World premiere: July 2010 at Regina Mundi RC Church (Soweto, South Africa) by Imilonji ka’Nthu Choral Society; George Mxadana, conductor

2009: South African Stephen CarlettiEvening Canticles

  • For St. George’s Cathedral Choir, in honor of Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir’s tour to South Africa
  • World premiere: September 13, 2009 at St. George’s Cathedral (Cape Town, South Africa); David Orr, conductor

Mexican Jorge Córdoba ValenciaTu

  • For Yale Alumni Chorus

World premiere: August 2009 at Sala Nezahualcoyotl (Mexico City, Mexico); Jeffrey Douma, conductor

2008: American Daniel Brewbaker – El Angel

  • For Melodia! South American Music Festival
  • World premiere: July 2008 at La Plata Cathedral (La Plata, Argentina) by combined Melodia! choirs; Doreen Rao, conductor


2006: Argentinean Oscar Escalada – Eulogy to Childhood

  • For Melodia! South American Music Festival
  • World premiere: July 2006 at Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires, Argentina) by combined Melodia! choirs; Doreen Rao, conductor


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