SCORES of SCORES!
75+ WORLD PREMIERES
23 COUNTRIES & 5 CONTINENTS
2/3 by Women or People of Color
While arranging concert tours to 145 countries for the world's great orchestras and choirs remains Classical Movements ' core business, commissioning new music is one of our true passions. Thus, in 2006, we endowed the  Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program  to assist our clients in the creation of brand-new works, while also supporting the craft of contemporary composition worldwide.
Eric Daniel Helms with daughter, CM Founder & President, Neeta Helms
Building upon our banner year for new music in 2018, once this season is complete, Classical Movements will have ushered in 10 new works!
Recent New Works Commissioned for Clients:
American Julian Wachner –
  • For Encore Chorale
  • Premiere: Dec. 26, 2018 at Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.); Jeanne Kelly, conductor
Syrian Kinan Azmeh –
  • For Seattle Symphony
  • Premiere: Feb. 6 at Benaroya Hall (Seattle, WA); Ludovic Morlot, conductor and Kinan Azmeh, clarinet
American Stacey V. Gibbs
I Feel Like My Time Ain't Long;
Shut De Do!
  • For Lexington Singers to perform during our 11th annual Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival
  • Premiere: March 10 at First United Methodist Church (Lexington, KY); Jefferson Johnson, conductor
American Johnie Dean
Three Early American Hymns
( The Morning Trumpet, O Thou in Whose Presence,
The Promised Land )
  • For Lexington Singers to perform during our 11th annual Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival
  • Premiere: March 10 at First United Methodist Church (Lexington, KY); Jefferson Johnson, conductor
English Lauren Braithwaite
Hamsafar: A Musical Journey through South Asia
Indian-American Reena Esmail The Love of Thousands
  • For San Francisco Girls Chorus' tour to England and France
  • Premiere: June 8 at Mission Dolores Basilica (San Francisco, CA); Valérie Sainte-Agathe, conductor
3 New Works for CM's Serenade! Festival:
American Patrice Michaels Refuge
  • Premiere: July 8 at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.); Doreen Rao, conductor
Canadian Barbara Croall Waaboos N'Gamwin (Rabbit Song)
  • For Toronto Beaches Children's and Youth Chorus to perform during our 2019 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival
Mexican Rodrigo Michelet Cadet Diaz – TBA
  • For Túumben Paax to perform during our 2019 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival
Plus...
American Wayland Rogers – Human to Human
  • To be performed by the assembled Serenade! 2019 choirs during the grand finale concert at the Kennedy Center.
  • New arrangement of excerpt from I-Thou which premiered May 2018 in Chicago.
2 New Works, Every Year, for Chorus America!
As the exclusive partner of Chorus America’s Commission Consortium programs–a five-year commitment that will commission a total of 10 new works to be performed by a variety of choral ensembles– Classical Movements and Chorus America have announced the 2019 composers for both the SATB and treble works will be Norwegian Ola Gjeilo and American J. Reese Norris, respectively.
Two CM commission initiatives premiering in 2020:
Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of the most revered figures in the Western classical canon, our Ode to Joy: The Beethoven 2020 Project will honor the legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) with a series of nine brand-new works that re-imagines his most beloved masterpieces in ways that cross social and cultural boundaries. 
To mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution , our Notes for Women: New Music for 100 Years of Suffrage   will commission female-identifying composers  to write new music that reflects upon the history of the women's suffrage movement—acknowledging how much further America still has to go towards full enfranchisement.