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New Sounds of Astronomy: A Choral Commission

For Performance October/November 2024

Call for Interested & Nominated Composers

In celebration of Lowell Observatory’s opening of the new Astronomy Discovery Center and Flagstaff’s status as an International Dark Sky City, Master Chorale of Flagstaff (MCF) commissions a medium-length work on the broad subjects of astronomy, dark skies, and discovery for premiere in late 2024. MCF calls composers to indicate interest in being selected as the commission composer by January 15, 2024.


Commission Overview

Scope: A multimovement work ranging from 15-20 minutes in length

Instrumentation: 3-8 instrumentalists

Text selection: Determined in collaboration with Master Chorale of Flagstaff and drawing upon local resources, such as Lowell Observatory, Planetary Instrumentation eXperimentation and Exploration Laboratory at Northern Arizona University

Commission Fee: $15,000-18,000 (plus traveling expenses to attend premiere)


Master Chorale of Flagstaff is committed to encouraging & supporting historically underrepresented composers through programming, collaborations, and commissioning. We invite choral composers of all backgrounds and experiences to indicate interest in this commission.



  • Jan 15: Closing date for composers to indicate interest and for nominations

  • Winter 2024: Commissioned composer selected

  • August 1, 2024: commissioned score completed and submitted to MCF

  • October/November 2024: Performance in Flagstaff, AZ


Master Chorale of Flagstaff is a volunteer SATB chorus of 60-75 singers based in Flagstaff, Arizona. The mission of Master Chorale of Flagstaff, a community choir, is to enrich the quality of life in northern Arizona through excellent choral music performance, education, and outreach. 

For more information about Master Chorale of Flagstaff, visit 

Please use the form below to indicate interest in a particular composer or self-indicate for consideration in the commissioning composer process. 

Questions may be directed to info.masterchorale@g

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