2019-2020 Commission 

Composer

Grace Gollmar

           Grace Gollmar’s idiomatic and expressive works have been performed by several chamber ensembles as well as sacred and secular choirs. As a vocalist and pianist, Grace also regularly collaborates with other living composers and is passionate about premiering new works for voice.

 

            Previously premiered by groups such as Quintet Sirocco, Present~Continuous New Music Ensemble, and the Auld Saxophone Quartet, Grace’s chamber pieces reflect her background as a vocalist with their infectious melodic lines and articulate turns of musical phrase. Her pieces “Demolition Dance” for chamber orchestra and “Discipleship” for voice with small chamber ensemble both received premieres at the New Music GSO Spring Festival in March 2018. “Discipleship” was later selected to appear on the Greensboro Collage Concert Series in September 2018.

           Grace is also an active choral composer, particularly for high-voice ensembles. She has been commissioned to write two choral anthems and an SSA hymn arrangement for church choirs based in North Carolina, and her setting of Shakespeare’s “Sonnet XXX” was premiered in 2014 by the Chapel Hill High School Chamber Choir.

            

            Furthermore, Grace is an experienced arranger for high-voices a cappella groups, and between 2015 and 2017 was a commissioned arranger for Chapel Hill- and Greensboro-based groups Lucky 13 and Seraphim. Grace often draws on uncommon text sources for her vocal works, most recently including Pretext, a song cycle whose lyrics were taken from the predictive text suggestions on a phone.

 

            As a choral musician, Grace has toured in Prague, Vienna, and Salzburg with the Gate City Chorale, and she currently sings with UT-Austin’s Chamber Singers. She was featured as the soprano soloist for the UNC-Greensboro Chamber Singers’ 2018 performance of Chichester Psalms, and her recent singing collaborations include the premiere of Julian Ward’s “Eulogy” for choir and brass quintet.

 

          Grace is currently a master’s student in composition at UT-Austin, where she studies with Yevgeniy Sharlat and is on the leadership team of CLUTCH New Music. When she is not composing, Grace enjoys photography, baking, and learning new languages.

About the Commission: 

           The meaning of the piece is specific to the struggles of finding acceptance as a member of the LGBT community. The text for this collaboration will be written in part from specific experiences, but we must understand that the journey of identity varies quite widely for everyone. 

           This premiere will take place during spring of 2020 by the University of Texas Concert Chorale at a concert and event hosted by You Belong Here. More information about You Belong Here, or about the commission itself, can be found by contacting Sabrina Ellis here. 

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