Choral Chameleon appoints Dale Trumbore as new Composer-in-Residence



The Board of Choral Chameleon and Founding Artistic Director Vince Peterson are pleased to announce the appointment of Dale Trumbore as Composer-in-Residence for 2018-2019.


Dale Trumbore will be the 5th composer since the company was founded in 2008 to have the opportunity to spend a year writing for the New York City-based company’s community of adventurous professional and avocational singers, adding to Choral Chameleon’s extensive repertoire of over 150 commissions and premieres. 


Choral Chameleon typically appoints a Composer-in-Residence every 2 Seasons. Previous CIRs include Rex Isenberg, Adam Ward, Joseph Gregorio and Jeffrey Parola.


According to Artistic Director Vince Peterson: “Dale Trumbore is the most established composer that we've had in residency. Historically, at the time that the composers had been working with us in residencies, they were still what you would fairly call emerging composers. Dale is at a whole different level than they were at this point in her life.  She is a really established composer, and the fact that she wants to work with us is humbling and it's gratifying to know that she believes in us as much as we believe in her, it's a really great thing”.


Says Dale Trumbore “I'm excited to take advantage of Choral Chameleon's adventurousness. Choral Chameleon is willing to make bold programming choices as well as musical ones, all in the name of creating a compelling narrative. This residency feels like a safe space for me to take bold creative risks, and as a composer, that's the mark of a dream collaboration”.


Dale Trumbore is writing two works for Choral Chameleon:  


The first piece “Footnotes to a History of Music’” is a 10-minute a capella work, set to text by poet Kristina Marie Darling, for Choral Chameleon’s professional Ensemble of 10 voices.  This piece will be premiered within in a new touring program ‘Storytime’, a concert of narrative pieces for choir, to be performed on various dates in the NY Tri-State area during the Season. The first opportunity to hear the piece will be at St Barts on Park Avenue NYC on Tuesday October 9th 2018 at 7.30pm.


The second piece, “Secular Poems for Choir and Organ”, will be a longer work, incorporating texts by poets Abigail Welhouse and Lynn Ungar, for Choral Chameleon’s semi-professional chorus of 40+ voices. The work will form the cornerstone of the concert program ‘Deus Ex Machina’ – a showcase of secular music written for choir and organ – to be performed in New York in late April 2019.


Artistic Director Vince Peterson is the 2018 recipient of Chorus America's Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal.  Choral Chameleon was a 2015 recipient of a Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.


To read more about Choral Chameleon's CIR programme, a biography of Trumbore and access to a long-form interview with Vince Peterson and the composer about the appointment, go to


To learn more about the composer and her music please visit

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