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.


Voting for the fourth movement "Conflict" concluded on November 11, and we'll announce the winning text soon!

Click the movements below to learn more about the process and the winning texts:

Movement One | Movement Two | Movement Three | Movement Four


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.