About the Commission


All of Hampton Roads was shaken by the May 31st tragedy in Municipal Center Building #2.  In one way or another, our community was changed forever... like so many communities that are now bound together by the shared experience of these tragedies. 

The members of the Virginia Beach Chorale would like to commission a new musical work that recognizes the hurt and rawness of this tragedy while also embracing the love that echoed through our community during this time. It is our hope that this piece will play a small role in helping our community, and others like ours, to heal. 

We have contacted award-winning composer, Daniel E. Gawthrop, and he has humbly agreed to take on this monumental task. We are confident in his abilities as a composer to create a beautiful piece of music for our community. 

We cannot do this alone. This undertaking is costly for small non-profits such as ours, but together, we can create art and we can create hope. Will you join us in making that happen?

The Virginia Beach Chorale is built upon its dedicated members and supporters who continue to make musical opportunities such as these possible. 


Tax deductible donations can be made online or mailed to:

Commission Fund 

c/o The Virginia Beach Chorale

4831 Columbus St. #66214

Virginia Beach, VA 23466

Any funds raised over and above the cost of the commissioned work will go towards the operating expenses and programming costs associated with presenting the new music in concert and will be used at the discretion of the Virginia Beach Chorale. 

A financial statement is available from the State Office of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.  


The Virginia Beach Chorale is recognized as one of southeastern Virginia’s longest-tenured performing arts ensemble.  Founded in 1958, it's rich history includes performances with the United States Atlantic Fleet Band, Symphonicity, The Tenors, and Kenny Rogers.


The Virginia Beach Chorale is a non-profit organization that relies on the generous donations of people, businesses, and organizations to complete it's musical mission.  Find out how you can help.


This project is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Financial statements are available from the State Division of Consumer Affairs, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, P. O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218

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