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American Choral Directors Association

Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission

The Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission was established in 1991 to honor the life and contributions of Raymond W. Brock, who served as Administrative Assistant for ACDA from 1987 until his untimely death in 1991. This endowment also provides for a Student Composition Competition.

Annually, the ACDA Executive Committee will commission a recognized composer to write a choral composition in an effort to perpetuate quality choral repertoire. Funds for this commission will be paid from the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Endowment, a fund established and maintained by the membership of ACDA.

Guidelines for Commissioned Compositions:

1. Compositions that have a sacred text are preferred, however it is not required that the text come from the Bible.
2. The composition will use voices.
3. The music must be substantial and accessible.
4. The music must be of a kind and quality that will live and last for a long period of time.
5. All commissioned compositions will be performed publicly for the first time at a National or Divisional Conference of the American Choral Directors Association.

Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commissioned Works

2016
The River by Ola Gjeilo
Commissioned for the 2016 ACDA Divisional Conferences
First performance by Voces8

2015
Stop this Day and Night with Me by Jake Heggie 
Commissioned for the 2015 ACDA National Conference
First performance by The King's Singers
Score Sample
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2014
The Definition of Beauty by Alice Parker 
Commissioned for the 2014 ACDA Divisional Conferences
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2013
Take Him, Earth by Steven Stucky 
Commissioned for the 2013 ACDA National Conference
Text by John F. Kennedy
First performance by the Mormon Choral Organizations Festival Chorus; Craig Jessop, conductor
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2012
Distance Can't Keep Us Two Apart by Chen Yi 
Commissioned for the 2012 ACDA Division Conferences
Text by Wang Bo (Tang Dynasty)
First Performances:
Central: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; Susan Davenport, conductor
Eastern: Montclair State University Singers; Heather J. Buchanan, conductor
North Central: Clerestory

Northwestern: Pacific Lutheran University; Richard Nance, conductor
Southern: Festival Singers of Florida; Craig Zamer, conductor
Southwestern: Arlington Master Chorale; Randy Jordan, conductor
Western: Arizona State University Symphonic Chorale; Gregory Gentry, conductor
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2011
Three Mystical Choruses by Steven Sametz
Commissioned for the 2011 ACDA National Conference
First performance by Chanticleer
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2010
All Works of Love by Joan Szymko 
Commissioned for the 2010 ACDA Divisional Conferences
Text by Mother Teresa 
First Performances:
Central: South Lyon High School Singers; Steven Lorenz, conductor
Eastern: Conspirare; Craig Hella Johnson
, conductor
North Central: Eastview High School Concert Choir & Wayzata High School Concert Choir; Jerry McCoy
, conductor
Northwestern: Choral Arts; Robert Bode
, conductor
Southern: East Carolina University Chamber Singers; Daniel Bara
, conductor
Southwestern: Texas State University Chorale; Joey M. Martin
, conductor
Western: Riverside City College Chamber Singers; John Byun
, conductor
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2009
Cenotaph by Dominick Argento
Commissioned for the 2009 ACDA National Conference
Text by Sara Teasdale
First performance by the Festival Chorus and Oklahoma Philharmonic Orchestra; Ann Howard Jones, conductor
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2008
Life's Mirror by Eleanor Daley
Commissioned for the 2008 ACDA Divisional Conferences
Text by Madeline Bridges (1844-1920)
First Performances:
Central: Haslett High School; Erich Wangeman, conductor
Eastern: Woodley Ensemble; Frank Albinder
, conductor
North Central: The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists; Matthew Culloton
, conductor
Northwestern: Governor John R. Rogers High School; D. Patrick Michel
, conductor
Southern: Seymour High School Concert Choir; Jean Burkhart
, conductor
Southwestern: Collegiate Honor Choir; Eph Ehly
, conductor
Western: California State University Long Beach Chamber Choir; Jonathan Talberg
, conductor
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2007
The Nine Muses by David Conte 
Commissioned for the 2007 ACDA National Conference, Miami, Florida
Text by John Stirling Walker
First performance by The University of Miami Frost Chorale; Jo-Michael Scheibe, conductor
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2006
Dances to Life by Mack Wilberg
Commissioned for the 2006 ACDA Divisional Conferences
First Performances:
Central: Michigan State University Chorale; David Rayl, conductor
Eastern: The Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola; Kent Tritle
, conductor
North Central: Lawrence University Concert Choir; Richard Bjella
, conductor
Northwestern: Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West; Kathryn Lehmann
, conductor
Southern: Murray State University Concert Choir; Bradley L. Almquist
, conductor
Southwestern: Drury University Singers; Allin Sorenson
, conductor
Western: Brigham Young University Concert Choir; Rosalind Hall
, conductor
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2005
Nocturnes by Morten Lauridsen
Commissioned for the 2005 ACDA National Conference, Los Angeles, CA
Text by Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda, and James Agee
First Performance by The Donald Brinegar Singers; Donald Brinegar, conductor
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2004
We Behold Once Again the Stars by Z. Randall Stroope
Commissioned for the 2004 ACDA Divisional Conferences
First Performances:
Central: Anderson University Chorale; Richard Sowers, conductor
Eastern: West Singers, Cherry Hill HS West; Christine Bass
, conductor
North Central: University of Nebraska-Omaha Concert Choir; Z. Randall Stroope
, conductor
Northwestern: Western Washington Univ Concert Choir; Leslie Guelker-Cone
, conductor
Southern: A Cappella Choir, Louisiana State University; Kenneth Fulton
, conductor
Southwestern: Ouachita Baptist University Ouachita Singers; Charles L. Fuller
, conductor
Western: Donald Brinegar Singers; Donald Brinegar, conductor
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2003
Memorial by René Clausen
Commissioned for the 2003 ACDA National Conference
First performance by The Concordia Choir; René Clausen, conductor, and Concordia Symphony Orchestra; Bruce Houglum, conductor
Listen to Part 1

2002
Psalm 36 by Richard Nance
Commissioned for the 2002 ACDA Divisional Conferences
First Performances:
Central: North Central High School Counterpoints; Patricia Wiehe, conductor
Eastern: Princeton Singers; Steven Sametz
, conductor
North Central: University of Nebraska University Singers; Peter A. Eklund
, conductor
Northwestern: Portland State University Chamber Choir; Bruce Browne
, conductor
Southern: Furman Singers; Bingham Vick Jr.
, conductor
Southwestern: Southwest Texas State University Chorale; John Paul Johnson and Joey Martin
, conductors
Western: Brigham Young Singers; Ronald Staheli
, conductor

2001
Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine by Eric Whitacre
Commissioned for the 2001 ACDA National Conference
Text by Charles Anthony Silvestri
First Performance by the Kansas City Chorale; Charles Bruffy, conductor
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2000
The Circles of Our Lives by David Brunner
Commissioned for the 2000 Divisional Conferences
Text by Wendell Berry
First Performances:
Central: Children’s Honor Choir; Judith Willoughby, conductor
Eastern: Children’s Chorus of Washington; Joan Gregoryk
, conductor
North Central: Milwaukee Children’s Choir; Emily Crocker
, conductor
Northwestern: Children’s Honor Choir; Anton Armstrong
, conductor
Southern: Charlotte Children’s Chorus; Sandy Holland
, conductor
Southwestern: Children’s Honor Chorus; Henry Leck
, conductor
Western: Contra Costa Children’s Chorus; Iris Lamanna
, conductor
Listen
(Piece included on the CD Commissions)

1999
The God of Glory Thunders by Adolphus Hailstork
Commissioned for the 1999 ACDA National Conference
First Performance by the Oklahoma State University Chamber Choir; Jerry McCoy, conductor
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(Piece included on the CD Commissions)

I Thank You God by Gwyneth Walker
Commissioned for the 1999 ACDA National Conference
Text by e. e. cummings
First Performance by the National Women’s Honor Choir; Diane Loomer and Morna Edmundson, conductors
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(Piece included on the CD Commissions)

1998
A Psalm Trilogy by Samuel Adler
Commissioned for the 1998 Divisional Conferences
First Performances:
Eastern: United States Navy Sea Chanters; Chuck Yates, conductor
Northwestern: Portland State University Choir; Bruce Browne
, conductor
Southern: Virginia Tech University Meistersingers; Kevin Fenton
, conductor
Southwestern: University of Tulsa Chorale; Ed Byrom
, conductor
Western: University Singers, CSU Fullerton; John Alexander
, conductor
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(Piece included on the CD Commissions)

1997
Jacob’s Prayer by Gian Carlo Menotti
Commissioned for the 1997 ACDA National Conference
First Performance by the Oklahoma State University Concert Chorale, Jerry McCoy, conductor; University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Choir, Gary Schwartzhoff, conductor; Texas Christian University Concert Chorale, Ronald Shirey, conductor; San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Roger Melone, conductor

God Be With Us by Stephen Paulus
Commissioned for the 1997 ACDA National Conference
First Performance by the National Two-Year Honor Choir and National Community Honor Choir; William B. Hatcher, conductor
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(Piece included on the CD Commissions)

1996
That I Shall Never Look Upon Thee More by James Mulholland
Commissioned for the 1996 Divisional Conferences
Text by John Keats
First Performances:
Central: University of Michigan Chamber Singers; Jerry Blackstone, conductor
Eastern: Albany Pro Musica; David Griggs-Janower
, conductor
North Central: Clarion Chamber Singers; Stanley Schmidt
, conductor
Northwestern: Combined Men’s and Women’s High School Honor Choir; Scott Eric Anderson and Debra L. Glaze
, conductor
Southern: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Choir; John H. Dickson
, conductor
Southwestern: Two-Year College Honor Choir; Jo-Michael Scheibe
, conductor
Western: Consort Singers Loyola Marymount University; Mary C. Breden
, conductor
Listen
(Piece included on the CD Commissions)

1995
Alleluia for the Waters by Daniel Pinkham
Commissioned for the 1995 ACDA National Conference
First Performance by 1995 ACDA National Men’s Honor Choir; Allen C. Crowell, conductor
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(Piece included on the CD Commissions)

1994
Sing a Mighty Song by Daniel Gawthrop
Commissioned for the 1994 Divisional Conferences
Text by Jane Griner
First Performances:
Central: Anderson University Chorale; Richard L. Sowers, conductor
Eastern: U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants; Captain A. Phillip Waite
, conductor
North Central: U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants; Captain A. Phillip Waite
, conductor
Northwestern: NWACDA Combined High School and College Choirs; Jo-Michael Scheibe
, conductor
Southern: Louisiana State University A Cappella Choir; Kenneth Fulton
, conductor
Southwestern: High School Honor Choir; Hugh Sanders
, conductor
Western: St. Charles Borromeo Church Choir; Paul Salamunovich, conductor
Listen
(Piece included on the CD Commissions)

1993
A Time to Dance by Carlisle Floyd
Commissioned for the 1993 ACDA National Conference
First Performance by the Westminster Choir and San Antonio Symphony Orchestra; Joseph Flummerfelt, conductor
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1991*
O For A Thousand Tongues arranged by Theron Kirk
Performed at the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Service
Text by Charles Wesley
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(Piece included on the CD Commissions)
* Some consider O For a Thousand Tongues to be the first Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission.