The Wachner Fund for New Music
Established June 2006 to commemorate Julian Wachner’s
decade of service as artistic director of the Providence Singers
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