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Commissioned Works by the Ensemble

The Santa Fe Women's Ensemble is a leader among choral groups in commissioning new works. The repertoire of music for choirs composed only of treble voices is, understandably, smaller than the repertoire for mixed-voice choirs. In 1982, only one year after its founding, the Ensemble commissioned its first new piece for women's voices. Since then, there has been a commission nearly every year. Thanks to the diligence and foresight of the Ensemble and its leadership, 34 original works have been added to the repertoire to date.
 
2017-18 Comission
 
 This year's commission Tell Me/Oseh Shalom Ur’fuah is graciously sponsored by longtime Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble member Susan Phillips in memory of her husband, Ransom Reynolds, and in honor of her step-daughter, Stephanie Reynolds.

2016 17  Commission
 
Samuel Gordon is this year's composer. HisVoice of my Song is set to a 2008 text by Scott P. Lounsbury. This exciting new work for treble voices, cello and piano will be premiered at the concert of May 14, 2017. An earlier piece by Sam, All This Night, was written for the Ensemble in 2007 and performed in December of that year.

This season's commission is graciously sponsored by Jim and Linda Beck. Linda is a soprano in the Ensemble, a published composer and the creator of a number of past commissions herself. She and her husband are avid supporters of the Ensemble.

2015 – 16 Commission
 
Reina de la Noche by Z. Randall Stroope was written in honor of the Ensemble's 35th Anniversary and premiered May 22, 2016. It was made possible by a generous gift from Caroline Burnett.

List of Commissioned Works
 
Tell Me/Oseh Shalom Ur'fuar Karen Siegel Christmas 2017
Voice of my Song Samuel Gordon Spring 2017
Reina de la Noche Z. Randall Stroope Spring 2016
Words of Peace (דברי שלום) Linda Rice Beck Christmas 2014
Kennst du das Land? (Do You Know the Land?) Emma Lou Diemer Spring 2014
That Passeth All Understanding Bradley Ellingboe Christmas 2012
Love All in All Joel Martinson Spring 2012
The Circle Linda Rice Beck Spring 2011
Two Andalusian Songs Stephen Paulus Christmas 2010
Listen Kinley Lange Christmas 2009
Echoes of Assisi Linda Rice Beck Spring 2009
Every Stone Shall Cry and Gloria Linda Rice Beck Christmas 2008
Ave Maria Linda Rice Beck Spring 2008
All This Night Samuel Gordon Christmas 2007
Winter Solstice Paul Carey Christmas 2006
Let There Be Joy Daniel Gawthrop Christmas 2005
Seasonal Dances Craig H. Russell Spring 2005
Learn to Think Lizard Naomi Stephan Spring 2004
Taladh an Leinibh Iosa   (Lullaby to the Infant Jesus) Robert Rothchild Christmas 2003
A Jobim Sampler by Antonio Carlos Jobim Robert C. Jones Spring 2003
Chester Carol Katherine Dienes Christmas 2002
Dreams, Rain, and Autumn Robert C. Jones Spring 2001
Magnificat Lana Walter Christmas 2000
The Storke Gerald Near Spring 2000
To Crown the Year John Ferguson Christmas 1997
We Are One Michael Mauldin Spring 1997
Goblin Market Lawrence Cave Spring 1996
Stabat Mater Dean Roush Spring 1995
Come Love We God Lynne Palmer Spring 1996
Epiphanies Jean Belmont Spring 1993
With This Child Michael Mauldin Christmas 1990
Small Fry, Lazy Afternoon, Alone Together   Jazz arrangements Jack Manno Spring 1989
Three Poems of Sylvia Plath Shanna Suzanne MacLean Spring 1984
Kyrie Joseph Moore Christmas 1983
Homage to Emily Dickinson Shanna Suzanne MacLean Spring 1983
The Great Invocation Shanna Suzanne MacLean Christmas 1982