Exemplary Grants

A full list of Alfred Nash Patterson Grants can be found online, on this website.

Commissions: New Choral Works

  • Ronald Perera: Why I Wake Early, based on a text by Cape Cod resident Mary Oliver (2008).
  • Kevin Siegfried: A River Runs Through Us, based on writings of Sarah Orne Jewett (2006).
  • Charles Shadle: New England Seasonal, a cantata of poems of Dickinson, Longfellow, Emerson, Thoreau and Frost (2003).
  • Reduced orchestration for Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service (2007).

World, national and local premieres

  • Luis Bacalov: Cantos para Nuestros Tiempos (Psalms for Our Times), World premiere (2006)
  • Robert S. Cohen: Alzheimer's Stories, New England premiere (2015)
  • Mohammed Fairouz: Anything Can Happen, World premiere (2013)
  • Karl Jenkins: The Peacemakers, Regional premiere (2014)
  • Sarah Meneely-Kyder: Letter from Italy, 1944: War's End, World premiere (2013)
  • Erica Quinn-Easter: (F)light, a song cycle on the theme of immigration, World premiere (2011); performed with an appearance by Pihcintu, a chorus of first-generation immigrant children.
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vespers, Boston premiere of complete work (1992)

Special programs

  • J.S. Bach: St. Mark Passion, Reconstruction and performance (Emmanuel Music, 2016)
  • Diane Benjamin: Where I Live (A Breast Cancer Oratorio), in partnership with the Cancer Community Center in Scarborough, Maine. (Women in Harmony, 2016)
  • A series of performances of primarily a cappella choral music in communities throughout Vermont (The Vermont Choral Union, 2013)
  • An afternoon of music in the galleries ofthe Berkshire Museum (Cantilena Chamber Choir, 2012)
  • The Great Motets of Sulpitia Cesis (Cappella Clausura, 2011)
  • Live choral concert to accompany Jean Cocteau's film Orphee. (The Boston Secession, 2005)
  • Family concert featuring 12-piece orchestra within the audience (Con Brio Choral Society, 2011)
  • "I Sing for Peace," a free concert with six other Vermont choruses (Counterpoint, 2010)
  • J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, performed in rural Vermont (Blanche Moyse Chorale/New England Bach Festival, 1994)


  • Blue Heron Renaissance Choir: The Peterhouse Partbooks, 4 CDs (2013–2016)
  • Brian Coughlin: Requiem {a work combining traditional choral music with an indie rock sound to speak to a younger generation of audiences (Joyful Noise Inc., 2015)
  • Gwyneth Walker: six works for women's voices (Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont, 2007)

Education and Outreach

  • Festival Singers program, a joint effort with the Worcester Public Schools that enables talented students of Worcester's South High School to learn, rehearse, and perform Handel's Messiah in Mechanics Hall as part of the chorus (Music Worcester, Inc./The Worcester Chorus, 2015)
  • An intensive 14-day summer workshop followed by performances of music from black American culture, particularly spirituals and gospel songs (RPM Voices of Rhode Island, 2015)
  • Choral workshops New England high school ensembles, recorded by a professional videographer {Counterpoint, 2013)
  • A day of choral training and mentorship for junior high school and high school male singers, with Rhode Island College and regional high schools (The Providence Singers, 2011)
  • "The Ripple Effect", a program for the creation of new vocal music from student poetry set by professional composers, to be performed by the chorus and orchestra (Nashua Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society, 2007)
  • Artists in Residence Program for up to eight choral and vocal music students from Boston area music schools, to provide emerging musicians with experience in educational technique and performance and to strengthen relationships between the music education community, chorus, and audience (Back Bay Chorale, 2006)

Strengthening Choruses

  • Support for a one-year Development Coordinator to pursue fundraising opportunities that were identified through a strategic planning process to promote long-term growth and of music and outreach programs (Wescustago Youth Chorale, 2016)
  • Support a professional marketing and fundraising consultant (The Spectrum Singers, 2014)