Commission Consortium 2018

My Boy Jack by Rudyard Kipling for SSAA and piano

​To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1 

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• commission a new choral work
• $250 CDN per share, for 3-5 minutes of new music
• get the piece by September 1, 2018

Be part of bringing a new piece of Canadian choral music to life! Join the team in commissioning “My Boy Jack”, a new 3-5 minute work, for SSAA choir (no divisi) and piano, being written to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1. Only one choir from each province (or territory/state/district) may participate. Each would perform the provincial (territorial/state/district) premiere of the work. This consortium is open to choirs based in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

There is value in creating new music specially crafted for the human voice, and additional value in choral singing. At Canadian League of Composers recommended minimum rates, a 4 minute choral work would cost about $2000. For the $250 cost of my consortium, the choir gets the license to make a copy for each of their members, plus be a part of something bigger. Most of the cost of the consortium goes to support the creation of this new music, with a small portion going to administering the project. Everybody wins!

A multi-instrumentalist whose writing style blurs the edges between genres, Elise Letourneau picked up the pen at the age of 6. Her award-winning pieces have been sung on 3 continents, and she is becoming internationally known as a composer of uncommon lyricism who reveres the inherent rhythm of poetry.

Core member participation $250 CDN per participating group
• your choir’s name in the the score
• receive PDF of score by September 1, 2018
• exclusive performance rights until June 1, 2019 - after which the piece becomes available
• your choir’s name and link on the consortium page of Elise Letourneau’s website
• maximum of 25 core members, minimum of 5
• $100 CDN deposit due when you sign up - nonrefundable
• $150 balance due by September 1, 2018
• Canadian choirs may pay by email transfer or cheque
• US, UK, and NZ choirs may pay by Paypal

Register now through August 1, 2018.

TEXT: My Boy Jack, by Rudyard Kipling, 1916

Kipling wrote the poem after his son John (called Jack), an 18-year-old Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, when Irish Guards disappeared in September 1915 during the Battle of Loos in World War 1. It was published as a prelude to a story in his book Sea Warfare written about the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

“Have you news of my boy Jack?”
Not this tide.
“When d’you think that he’ll come back?”
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

“Has any one else had word of him?”
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

“Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?”
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
Except he did not shame his kind —
Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide.

Then hold your head up all the more,
This tide,
And every tide;
Because he was the son you bore,
And gave to that wind blowing and that tide!

To hear more of Elise Letourneau’s work for SSAA:
 Ave Maria 
 I Had Been Hungry All the Years 
Art Thou a King 

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Contact Elise directly to participate.

Thank you!

"Elise Letourneau capitalizes on her active background in the jazz field, while also displaying considerable skill writing academically/classically oriented music. Letourneau writes with vivid imagination, confidence, and a willingness to try new things in the choral idiom."
- Giselle Wyers, Chair of Voice & Choral, University of Washington School of Music

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