Soprano and Orchestra Commissioning Consortium

An orchestral commissioning consortium is currently being created to commission a new 10-13 minute work for soprano and orchestra from composer Kurt Erickson. Tentatively titled Modern Love, the new work will feature settings of contemporary poets on the subject of love and desire in the 21st Century and will be premiered during the 2017-18 season.

A commissioning consortium is a great way to increase audiences for new music and provide multiple performances to diverse audiences, all while minimizing the costs associated with an orchestral commission. As the Lead Commissioner, Central Ohio Symphony will give the first performance of the new work with soprano Laura Portune – we anticipate subsequent performances taking place in geographic locales including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, China, and in the Czech Republic. Orchestra solicitation begins March 2016 with the assistance of Allison Pybus Representation (former V.P. of the Vocal Division at IMG Artists for over 20 years). We anticipate securing the 10-15 participating orchestras by July 2016).

Once successfully completed and performed, the new work will be sold online via the music distribution site Swirly Music (agreement secured). All participating orchestras will be given premiere performance credit in the score as well as through Swirly Music online newsletters, orchestral publicity, and composer publicity.


Internationally renowned poets Chana Bloch, David Rigsbee, and Syrian expatriate poet Marram al-Masri have expressed interest and granted Erickson use of their poetry. All poems explore the spectrum of love and intimacy and its fleeting nature. Work on the piece will start spring 2016, with a piano/vocal score created and rehearsed during November-December 2016. An orchestral score will be completed and delivered by July 15, 2017.


Composer Kurt Erickson is an active composer whose works are commissioned and performed across the country. January 2016 saw the commissioned premiere performance of I Think I Shall Praise It, a new chorus and orchestra work to celebrate the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra. Erickson’s 2008 work Chicago Songs, a song set for soprano and orchestra commissioned by Sacramento Philharmonic, was lauded by critics and has been performed across the country in a soprano/piano transcription. In 2006 he took part in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute, working with conductor Osmo Vänska and composer Aaron Jay Kernis (the program was featured prominently that year in a New York Times article). Erickson is currently serving as the 2013-16 composer-in-residence with San Francisco’s Lieder Alive!, where his commissioned vocal works are performed alongside performers including violist Paul Yarbrough (Alexander String Quartet) and Brian Asawa (Metropolitan Opera).

For further information or questions, please contact Mr. Erickson directly through this web site.