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Tenth Anniversary Season:

After a decade of innovative programming, extraordinary musicianship, and cooperative artistry, Philadelphia’s own Chestnut Street Singers will celebrate our tenth anniversary season in 2019–2020.

We’ve got big plans for this season, centered upon a new commission from Dale Trumbore. The year will also include a collaborative performance with the Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble and a concert-length Evensong with organist Michael Smith.


Dale Trumbore (b. 1987) is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer whose music has been praised by The New York Times for its “soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies.” Her compositions have been performed widely in the U.S. and internationally by ensembles including the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Los Angeles Master Chorale, VocalEssence, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, The Esoterics, and–of course–the Chestnut Street Singers.

The Chestnut Street Singers commissioned her new work, A Different Kind of Flight, in honor of our tenth anniversary season. To best reflect the achievements of the past decade, the new piece features text written by current and alumni singers, with everything from original poetry to personal reflections on the value of a musical community. The Chestnut Street Singers will premiere the new piece at our concerts in March 2020.


As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Chestnut Street Singers relies on the generosity of our friends, donors, and audience members to sustain our programming. All our singers volunteer their time and talents, allowing us to offer all our concerts on a donation basis, making this music accessible to all our neighbors. For the anniversary season, we plan to raise $15,000 for special one-time costs beyond our regular operating budget. These include the fee for the new commission, travel costs to ensure Dale’s presence at the premiere of the new piece, and special publicity––including a new website––associated with our anniversary celebrations. We have already received grant support for a portion of this budget, but we need your help to meet our goal.


Please consider making a one-time gift of $500 or more to support the 10th anniversary season. Your generosity will be leveraged against an online crowdfunding campaign in the fall and potential additional grant support this year. You can pledge now and pay any time before March 1, 2020; all donors will be specially recognized at the world premiere concerts in March and in all anniversary materials during the 2019–2020 season.

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