Hildegard Commission Concert

Featuring the world premieres of three commissioned composers, Flannery Cunningham, Jimena Maldonado, and Sonja Mutić, and four works by competition finalists, Amanda Feery, Lauren Siess, Alicia Jane Turner, and Tan Yuting. This concert celebrates the Hildegard Commission; National Sawdust’s commission to support women, trans, and non-binary composers in the early stages of their careers.

Performed by conductor Raquel Klein, the National Sawdust Ensemble, led by Jeffrey Zeigler, cellist and former Kronos Quartet member, and Constellation Chor vocal and movement artists, for a program of new music, voice, dance, visual design and electronics.  

The three winners of the Hildegard Commission, chosen from 130 international submissions, each receive a $7,000 commission; mentorship from the judging panel – composer and vocalist Joan La Barbara; composer and sound artist Gavilán Rayna Russom; composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón; and composer, Artistic Director, and Co-founder of National Sawdust, Paola Prestini; a professional performance, and recording in our state-of-the-art hall for an album that will be released on National Sawdust Tracks.

The Hildegard Commission is made possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, powered by American Composers Forum, is the media partner of National Sawdust's Hildegard Commission Concert.


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Constellation Chor is a vocal performance collective founded and directed by Marisa Michelson. Its intention at inception, and still to this day, was to create a space for humans to sing virtuosically together while also prioritizing deep embodied experience and movement.  Since 2016, Constellation Chor has been in residence at Judson Memorial Church in NYC, meeting weekly.

We are singers, composers, and dancers. We are committed to embodied music-making, to practicing together over a long period of time, and to the liberation of the singing Being (that is: all of us, and all of you). We have two branches: our improvisational branch (based on a set of principles called Core Sounding), and our written-composition-based branch, in which we learn and perform works by various composers (including originals from within the Chor). Our practice fuels everything we do. We invite our rawest impulses to channel through us, and aesthetically translate those impulses into voice or movement. We practice non-attachment to narrative. We also cultivate vulnerable emotional transparency. We want to show up, to be seen, and to see.  www.constellationchor.com

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March 11, 2021
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Featuring the world premieres of three commissioned composers, Flannery Cunningham, Jimena Maldonado, and Sonja Mutić, and four works by competition finalists, Amanda Feery, Lauren Siess, Alicia Jane Turner, and Tan Yuting. This concert celebrates the Hildegard Commission; National Sawdust’s commission to support women, trans, and non-binary composers in the early stages of their careers.

Performed by conductor Raquel Klein, the National Sawdust Ensemble, led by Jeffrey Zeigler, cellist and former Kronos Quartet member, and Constellations Choir vocal and movement artists, for a program of new music, voice, dance, visual design and electronics.  

The three winners of the Hildegard Commission, chosen from 130 international submissions, each receive a $7,000 commission; mentorship from the judging panel – composer and vocalist Joan La Barbara; composer and sound artist Gavilán Rayna Russom; composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón; and composer, Artistic Director, and Co-founder of National Sawdust, Paola Prestini; a professional performance, and recording in our state-of-the-art hall for an album that will be released on National Sawdust Tracks.

The Hildegard Commission is made possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Mar 11

Hildegard Commission Concert