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Jan 22, 2020 9:05 AM ET

Votes for Women Project Seed money for 19th Amendment Choral Commission

iCrowd Newswire - Jan 22, 2020


Chorosynthesis Singers


Chorosynthesis Singers is raising seed money to lead the commissioning of Votes for Women, a choral work celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage as granted by the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. To adequately kickstart this project, we need to raise $2,000.

Co-Artistic Directors Wendy Moy and Jeremiah Selvey will collaborate with Philadelphia-based composers Melissa Dunphy and Kala Pierson and dramaturg Helena Pennington to comprise a meaningful text and structure for this multi-movement work.  Then Dunphy and Pierson will compose the music of this multi-movement work, giving voice to those who have contributed to the suffrage movement.

Melissa Dunphy

Basic parameters of the music:

  • SATB with minimal or no divisi and cello
  • Intermediate Level
  • 19-minute multi-movement suite by 2 female composers (for 19th Amendment)
  • Curated texts celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and the ongoing fight for universal voting rights
Kala Pierson

Where does your money go?

Your contribution helps Chorosynthesis to provide the necessary seed money to kickstart this project.

If you help us successfully make our Kickstarter goal, we will use the funds for the following:

  • $1,000 – Lead Commissioning Fee
  • $500 – Dramaturg Fee
  • $500 – Kickstarter/Administrative Fees

Not only will reaching our goal fund the above, but it will also allow us to contribute our deposit as the founding commissioners of a greater consortium of choirs to fund this project. With your help, we will be able to start a project that will not only celebrate the past but also empower current and future leaders in their fight for equality.

Being the founding commissioners will give Chorosynthesis Singers the exclusive rights to premiere this work in September 2020, and we want to invite you to join us at that premiere by looking at some of the rewards we are offering for your donation.


  • Dec 2019 – Feb 2020- raise $1,000 in seed funds
  • Jan-Feb 2020 – Recruit choirs to join the commission consortium
  • Feb 2020 – Text finalized; Dunphy and Pierson start composing!
  • June 2020 – Choral work completed
  • Sept 2020 – World Premiere by Chorosynthesis Singers
  • Oct-Dec 2020 – Regional Premieres


Why might you want to back this project? You’ll be helping choruses share the stories of women who literally gave the power for women today to have a voice in the direction of their country. Check out the rewards for joining us on this project!

Risks and challenges

Chorosynthesis has a long history of completing collaborative projects. The only risk is that we could potentially raise this seed money, but not the fuller consortium fees with other choirs. However, we will use this seed money either to commission a work in a similar vein but smaller in scope or to contribute to a similar future commissioning project.

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