Our member choruses have commissioned thousands of new commissions in our 40-year history. Check out these links and consider performing a new work that was previously commissioned by another GALA Chorus.
We Hold These Names Sacred - GALA Commission Consortium
Artists: Mari Esabel Valverde & Dane Figueroa Edidi
Length = 4 minutes
SATB, SSAA andTTBB voicings available
Text by Dane Figueroa Edidi
Music by Mari Esabel Valverde
The first in a series of choral pieces addressing the epidemic of violence, especially murders, of transgender women and in particular trans women of color (TWOC). We hope that this work inspires conversations aimed at cultivating intentional solidarity with TWOC with a work created by two trans women of color. According to our artistic collaborators: “It’s not just one work. It’s a movement. It’s not just about honoring lives. It’s about saving lives.”
Conversation surrounding the experiences of trans woman of color is necessary and can be extremely powerful in education and activism, including:
- Encouraging choirs to partner with local organizations, schools, communities of faith, etc. to rehearse, educate, dialogue and perform this commission together. GALA can help facilitate connections between high-school/collegiate choirs and GALA LGBTQ Choruses,
- E-activism involving the distribution of your premiere video/audio recording,
- Educational materials for participating choruses and collaborators.
To order contact Mari Esabel Valverde.
Lifting As We Climb - Dr. Catherine Roma commission
Composed by Joan Szymko
SSAA, piano, alto sax, percussion narrators and speakers
Length: 25 min
The 2020 Dr. Catherine Roma Commission was composed by Joan Szymko in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. Lifting As We Climb, is composed in three movements which open with the current climate of voting rights today, then look back in celebration of the struggles women endured in order to win the right to vote, and finally looking ahead and asking how we can engage and activate real change for all women of all colors in this unjust and soiled world.
An accompanying middle-school curriculum is provided free of charge and includes historical information about the suffragette movement as well as musical scores to allow students to learn the actual music of the commission. Scores may be ordered directly from Joan Szymko.
Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream
This 55-min SATB musical (spoken word and music) celebrates the life of gay African-American civil rights activist, Bayard Rustin, who was a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Music by Steve Milloy and libretto by Vanessa German. The commission includes a curriculum for use in partnership with local schools. Recording. Contact Steve Milloy.
Quiet No More
An 8-movement commission celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Composed for SSAA, SATB and TTBB choirs. The commission also includes a school curriculum. Contact Charlie Beale.
MUSE: Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir Commissions
MUSE has commissioned and arranged over 100 choral works for women’s chorus – many of them by women composers.
A Sample of GALA Commissions - ACDA Workshop
Excel - This compilation of commissions by GALA choruses was compiled by conductor Joe Buches for an ACDA workshop.
New York City Gay Men’s Chorus Commissions