Nov. 21, 2001
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Quintet of the Americas Receives 2001-2002 Chamber Music America Commissioning Program Award

New York, NY — Chamber Music America has announced its 2001-2002 awards in support of Ensemble Music. Quintet of the Americas is recipient of a grant to commission a new work for woodwind quintet and indigenous instruments of South and Central America from New York composer Judith St. Croix. The Quintet was also the only group nationwide selected to receive the first NEA/CMA Special Commissioning Award which supports touring and performances of the new work. The new work will be showcased at the CMA annual convention in New York City in January 2002.

Judith Sainte Croix will create this new piece, entitled "Vision III", for woodwind quintet and indigenous instruments from South and Central America.

The composer has supplied the following statement about the work:

"Vision III combines indigenous instruments with Western classical instruments of the woodwind quintet. The indigenous instruments played by the quintet will include Guatemalan ocarinas, guiros from Mexico and Peru, conch shells, a pre-Colombian horn, rainsticks, Colombian bamboo finger shakers, the cana and gaitas flutes, the South American pig marona, reed flutes, drums and deer hoof rattles."

"The intent of the "Vision Series" (Vision I and II precede this) I have created is to bring Indian and non-Indian people together harmoniously in the concert hall and beyond."

Judith Sainte Croix's transformative music, written for chamber musicians, opera and orchestra, blends a range of ideas extending from the rituals and myths of ancient civilizations to the use of new technologies. Elements of dance and theatre are often included in her compositions. She has created opera, chamber, orchestral and electronic music that has been performed across the United States and in Europe. Her awards and commissions include The Gaudeamus Competition, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Minnesota Youth Symphonies. Her fellowships and grants include, the National Endowment for the Arts, Time-Warner, New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome, Heathcote, Martha Baird Rockefeller and Wurlitzer Foundations, and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust Recording Program. Her debut Sonic Muse CD release "Visions of Light and Mystery" is available in music stores, from and at her website She was the subject of a feature article in the December 2000 issue of Chamber Music magazine.

The Quintet of the Americas, consisting of flutist Sato Moughalian, oboist Matt Sullivan, clarinetist Edward Gilmore, hornist Barbara Oldham and bassoonist Laura Koepke, was formed in Bogota, Colombia in 1976 by U.S. citizens who were principal wind players in the Colombian National Orchestra. The group relocated to New York City in 1979 and has since enjoyed an international career that has taken them to concert halls throughout the Americas, the Caribbean Asia, including annual performances at Manhattan's Americas Society since 1982. Two time recipients of ASCAP-Chamber Music America Awards for Adventuresome Programming, the Quintet's repertoire represents works from composers with a wide-range of aesthetic viewpoints. They have recorded for CRI, Newport Classics, MMC and XLNT. Quintet of the Americas has been a past recipient of the CMA Commissioning Award in for a commission by David Chaitkin and a three-year Residency Award for work in Chicago. Visit their website at

Other ensembles receiving commissioning grants are the Amherst Saxophone Quartet for a new work by David Sampson, Bang on the Can All Stars for a new work by Zack Browning, Cygnus Ensemble for a new work by Akemi Naito, and Network for New Music for a new work by Gerald Levinson.

This season Chamber Music America is awarding 33 grants to ensemble musicians, presenting organizations, and community groups across the country. The awards support music education and outreach programs, provide ensembles with performance opportunities and increased visibility, assist presenting organizations in the advancement of chamber music in their communities, and support the creation of new works. CMA will support both new and ongoing programs including seventeen residencies and sixteen commissions. Visit their website at

The Commissioning Program was initiated in 1983. This program seeks to further enrich the chamber music repertoire by providing funds to commission new American works and present those works to a broad range of audiences.

CMA's grant and award programs have been generously funded by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Helen F. Whitaker Fund, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation, the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund and the Cleveland Quartet Award Endowment Fund.

For more information about the Quintet of the Americas, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or

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