May 2021 Commission

Help Compose Our Next Commission


We are excited to announce a special commission that we will premiere at our May 2021 concert. This unique, “crowd-sourced” commission by local composer Jonathan Kolm is entitled Refuge, and you get to participate in the composition process!

The Alexandria Choral Society will premiere this work alongside the winners of our 2020 Sing-Off Grant Program, T.C. Williams High School Choir, at our social justice-themed program on May 15, 2021. Over the next few months, you will have the opportunity to vote on the text for each of the five movements of this piece, and participate in live discussions with the composer to make real-time changes to the composition. Check out the above video to hear composer Jonathan Kolm and ACS Artistic Director Brian Isaac discuss the project.

JOIN US Tuesday, September 1 for a live compositional session via Zoom with composer Jonathan Kolm and ACS Artistic Director Brian Isaac! Full details and Zoom link available here.


We're please to announce the winning text of our first movement "Exile": "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus! Voting for the text of movement two, "Journey", is now open. Cast your vote for your favorite text by September 2!


We are so looking forward to presenting this one-of-a-kind piece, and we hope you will cast your votes and join us on this journey!

Please consider supporting this commission and future programming by supporting ACS.