Commission New Works

Deer Creek Chorale has commissioned new works since 2013.  A Dedication by John Rutter and Someday is Today by Andre Thomas were part of a consortium* sponsored by the organization Chorus America*.  As a result of our participation, we premiered the works in Maryland and received multiple copies of the pre-published octavi*.

As a part of the Deer Creek Chorale’s 10th Anniversary, Dr. Daniel McDavitt was invited to compose a new work for choral music about aging, memory loss and the impact of music.  The result was Three Memories scored for soprano, alto, tenor and bass (SATB)adult voices, flute and piano.  The piece was debuted in 2017 at Goucher College as part of Deer Creek’s Music and Memory concert highlighting Alzheimer’s Awareness. The collection is now published by Gentry.

Our appreciation of Dr. McDavitt’s music continues with our 2020 plans to celebrate the beauties of nature.   He will compose an extended work entitledFour Nature Scenes.  It will be scored for SATB voices, treble voices (for the Deer Creek Youth Choir) and orchestra.  It will include four movements and premieres May 3, 2020.

Nigel Jones is an accomplished clarinetist and composer. He founded the Caerphilly Community Chorus in September 2009 upon his retirement from a career as a high school music teacher, with the goal of providing an adult mixed choir for the Caerphilly area in South Wales. He first met Deer Creek Chorale Artistic Director Martha (Marty) Banghart 1986 during her first choir international tour and continues to collaborate with her today.  . One of his most notable compositions is Requiem Cambrensis written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Senghenydd Mining Disaster.

Accomplished composer Daniel McDavitt is composing an Anniversary work supporting Alzheimer’s awareness to premier at the DCC Music and Memory concert on April 30th in Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College.

In 2012 –

Someday is Today by Andre Thomas
The DCC premiered this new work during the 2013-2014 concert season.

In 2010 –

Dedication and Amen by John Rutter.
The DCC premiered this work at the John Rutter Christmas concert. It was dedicated to the memory of Jackie McCosh, a charter member of the DCC and a pillar in local educational and music communities.

Chorus America is a highly recognized national organization supporting choral music activities.  A commission consortium is part of an effort to bring similar groups together to sponsor a new musical composition when they otherwise could not afford to do so alone.   Octavi (pl.) are separate sections in a composition and are typically provided to the commissioning organization prior to publication.