“But the work really popped with the entrance of the Singers in the ‘Ode to Joy’ finale. At that point there were about 200 musicians making a glorious noise on the Vets stage.”



 






The Wachner Fund for New Music

Established June 2006 to commemorate Julian Wachner’s
decade of service as artistic director of the Providence Singers

Julian Wachner

The choral renaissance that arrived with Julian Wachner sparked great interest in performing new music. Carlyle Sharpe’s Proud Music of the Storm for chorus and orchestra and Wachner’s own Sometimes I Feel Alive, a setting of three poems by e.e. cummings for chorus a cappella, helped make commissioning new choral works a central part of the Singers mission.

To thank Maestro Wachner for his decade of artistic leadership, the Singers raised an endowment for new music and presented it at a reception following Wachner’s final Singers concert — Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, performed at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Bristol, Sunday, June 11, 2006.


Founding donors of the Wachner Fund for New Music

Patricia Fuller

Allison McMillan

  Mark Nickel


Katrina Avery and Thomas Doeppner  •  Dorcey Baker  •  Dorie and Tom Bechtel
Donald and Patricia Blough  •  Laura Bronwell  •  Eric and Daisy Broudy
James Burress  •   Tina Butler  •  Andrew Clark and Amy Peters Clark
Bob Colonna  •  Faith Davis  •  Sandra and Anthony DeMarinis  •  Betsy and Wendell Dietrich
Edward and Brenda Doran  •  Alexander and Cynthia Dowgiallo  •  Josephine DuBois
Carolyn Duby and David Swift  •  Marilyn and Rob Edwards  •  Charles and Adele Eil
Allan and Dorothy Erickson  •  Pamela Erickson and Terry Pancoast  •  Amanda and Edwin Fischer
Rhoda Flaxman  •  Margaret and James Gardner  •  Gaye Tolan Hatfield  •  Christine Hauck
Lori and K.J. Istok  •  Elizabeth and David Kaplan  •  Maryann Lasorsa  •  David Keller and Julie Meyers
Kiran and William Kimbell  •  Christopher Koller and Colette Cook  •  Eleanor and David Lewis
Martha Mazzone  •  Lisa and Michael Noke  •  Elizabeth and Robert O’Neal  •  David and Virginia Parker
Nancy and John Pedrick  •  Janice and George Peters  •  Sarah Quinn  •  Robert Rappa
Roseann Robinson  •  Claire and Randall Rosenbaum  •  Joseph and Patricia Runner  •  Molly Schen
Edwin and Catherine Singsen  •  Susie Swenson  •  Kristen Thurber  •  Michael and Kathryn Trogolo
Steven Tundermann  •  Christine Wallis  •  David Wax and Elaine Cali
Wayne Wilkins  •  Donna Wulff  •  Anonymous