Fifteen choruses are a part of our first Roma Commission consortium. They will each perform Kala Piersonâ€™s composition in their own community before bringing the commission to GALA Festival 2016 in Denver where it will be performed by over 500 singers! Meet composer Kala Pierson and listen to her music in the tabs below.
Meet Our Composer
Our composer is Kala Pierson, an American composer and sound artist. Her music has won eight national choral composition prizes and honors (several for SSA compositions), and has been performed in more than 30 countries on six continents. Pierson has held season-long composition residencies with San Francisco Choral Artists, American Opera Projects, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
Cathy Roma is currently working with Kala on text options and they are leaning toward using a poem by Palestinian-American poet, Suheir Hammad.
Greetings from Composer Kala Pierson
I'm so excited to be part of this project. I've been a proud queer artist-activist since I was a teenager, and I'm passionate about choral music. A primary focus of my work is finding and setting rarely heard, politically resonant texts by living writers from many different cultures. Dr. Roma and I will work together to choose an ideally meaningful text for my Roma Commission piece.
As I write a new piece to honor Dr. Roma's vision â€“ commitment to social justice through musical community - my piece will be welcoming to singers of all experience levels (both musically accessible and a pleasure to sing).
I'd love to share more about my music and my background with you. At kalapierson.com, you can read more about me and listen to many of my choral pieces. You're welcome to email me (see my site's Contact page) if you'd like free perusal PDFs of any of my existing pieces or you'd like to ask me any questions. Thank you!
Listen to Kala's music here.
Commissioning Consortium Choirs
Anna Crusis Womenâ€™s Choir
Atlanta Women's Chorus
Calliope Women's Chorus
Grand Rapids Women's Chorus
MUSE: Cincinnati's Women's Choir
Sacramento Women's Chorus
San Diego Women's Chorus
Seattle Women's Chorus
Sistrum, Lansing Women's Chorus
Common Woman Chorus
Denver Women's Chorus
Renaissance City Women's Chorus
Phoenix Women's Chorus