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2011 Touring Year

Marin Alsop (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director), David Rimelis (Composer), Dan Trahey (OrchKids Director of Artistic Program Development) and Neeta Helms (Classical Movements President) at the premiere of Rimelis' piece OrchKids Nation

202 Concerts Arranged Worldwide
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Proud to Start Our 20th Year
Classical Movements was established in 1992, originally operating as Blue Heart Tours and providing exclusive tours to Russia. Rapidly, more countries were added, attracting more and more extraordinary clients in the music world. Very soon, Classical Movements was working on 6 continents and exclusively with music groups.

10 New Pieces Commissioned
Commissioning new works since 2005 through the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program, this year we celebrated our 10th commission!

Pacific Boychoir performs at inaugural Serenade! Washington DC Choral Festival!

Introducing Our 4th Festival
We successfully launched the annual Serenade! Washington DC Choral Festival. Bringing choirs together from around the world to sing at the capitol of the United States and the home base of Classical Movements' office has been a dream and we are thrilled to share our work with our community. Read more.

Other featured stories:

YouTube Symphony Performs in Australia
South Africa's Fantastic Drakensberg Boys' Choir Makes US Tour
Cuba Concert Tours for Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, St. Paul's School String Ensemble & Madrigal Singers and San Francisco Girls Chorus
Yale and Juilliard on Concert tour of Italy
Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra Visits France
6th Annual Melodia! South American Music Festival Brings One More Year of Glorious Music Making
The Brilliant El Camino Youth Orchestra Tours France and Spain
George Washington University Choir Tours Brazil
Europe Tour for Children's Chorus of Sussex County
The Prestigious 80-Member Yale Glee Club Celebrates 150th Anniversary
Grammy Award-Winning Pacific Boychoir Tours Baltics and Russia
Carnegie Hall Performances for Top Orchestras
University of Maryland Chamber Singers Take Home Three Top Prizes at Florilège Vocal de Tours
The College of William and Mary Makes Music in Greece and Italy
Rhapsody! International Music Festival: Vienna Salzburg & Prague
Morgan State University Sings Through Italy
Yale Alumni Chorus Celebrates Song with Tour through Turkey, Georgia & Armenia
Smith College Alumnae Perform Mozart's Requiem Throughout Sicily
The 1st Annual Serenade! Washington DC Choral Festival Is Off To A Rousing Start!
Ihlombe! South African Music Festival Was A Musical Success
Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale Sings in the Western United States
The Washington Chorus Performs in 9/11 Remembrance Concerts
A South Africa and Swaziland Experience for Yale Concert Band
National Symphony Orchestra's Tour of Outreach

Classical Movements Commissions
The Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program

While new music is a priority for many of our clients, funding commissions can be challenging for not-for-profit organizations. The Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program was started in 2005 by Classical Movements to support and thank our clients -- while also supporting composers worldwide -- by directly commissioning at least one new work each year. These works have been premiered at our own choral festivals and elsewhere by our valued clients. Our most recent commissions include:
  • 2012: American Stephen Paulus - TBA - for VocalEssence - in honour of their performance at Chorus America 2012 conference - World Premiere June 2012 by selected Chorus America Choirs

  • 2012: Eight one-minute commissions for the Transient Glory® Symposium 2012 with Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, presented by Carnegie Hall Choral Institute and YPC-NYC™ - World Premieres February 2012 conducted by Transient Glory student conductor finalists and performed by Young Peoples Chorus of New York City
    • American Derek Bermel - YPChant
    • American John Corigliano - Upon Julia's Clothes
    • American Douglas J. Cuomo - How to Survive in the Woods
    • American David Del Tredici - Credo Fugue
    • Cuban American Paquito D'Rivera - UN Minuto
    • American Michael Gordon - Cinnamon
    • Chinese American Bright Sheng - Thirty-Mile Village
    • American Joan Tower - Descent

  • 2012: Canadian Aaron Jensen - We are as one - for Serenade! Washington DC Choral Festival 2012 - Celebration Concert - World Premiere July 2012 by Serenade! Festival Choirs

  • 2012: American Ken Berg - The Cremation of Sam McGee - for Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir in honour of their 35th anniversary - World Premiere on 5th May 2012 at Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale, by Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir

For a complete list of works commissioned under the program, click here. If you would like to suggest a commission, please review the selection criteria. To learn about the inspiration for the program, read Eric Daniel Helms -- a short history.