In 2015, the Stockton Chorale rededicated itself to supporting the creation of new choral music. This page presents an overview of the results of our efforts so far.  We are proud to be fulfilling our mission through this activity.

2017 David Conte Commission

David Conte
David Conte

Together with the Danville Community Band and the UC Berkeley Wind Ensemble, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we commissioned a new work by David Conte for chorus and band.  The poem that supplied the text and title for the piece was “The Dream of Martin Luther King” by Myra Cohn Livingston.  We gave the world premiere of the piece on Febrary 10, 2018 during our “Awaken the Dream” concert.

2016 Composition Contest

(l-r) David Hamilton, Bruce Southard, and Joan Calonico following the premiere of American Triptych and Jubilate Deo.

During the second half of 2016, we sponsored a composition contest with two divisions: Adult and Youth, with the winning pieces to be given its world premiere at our concert on March 25, 2017. After much deliberation, David Hamilton (New Zealand) was announced as the winner of the adult division for his piece, American Triptych. Bernardino Zanetti (Italy) was announced as the winner of the youth division for his piece, Jubilate Deo.

2015 Kirke Mechem Commission

Kirke Mechem
Composer Kirke Mechem

For our first commission in this effort, we asked renowned choral composer Kirke Mechem to produce a new work.  We gave the world premiere of “Satan Hates Music” in May 2015 as part of our “Sea to Shining Sea” concert.