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"Wondrous Hope": How to Bring New Music to Life
by Laura Vanderkam for Vocal Area Network
Posted May 16, 2004

YNYC logoGreat music is timeless, but any field must grow to stay strong. Choral groups can help build the choral library by commissioning new music. While bringing a new piece to performance is daunting, following a few steps can ease the journey for chorus and composer. The Young New Yorkers' Chorus (YNYC), an ensemble of 45 singers in their twenties and early thirties, commissioned its first piece this spring for the group's Merkin Concert Hall debut. Having named the program "Hope: The Source of Youth," music director Nathan Davis thought a new piece would bring that theme to life. "We believe that music is a great source of hope for our community, and the premiere of a new piece is especially exciting," says Davis. "It's like the birth of a new child… full of hope." Composer Christopher Mueller's "Wondrous Hope" will be premiered on May 20, 2004 at YNYC's 8 PM concert. Here's what YNYC learned during the commissioning process:

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