As a non-professional, non-audition music ensemble, the New York City Community Chorus has commissioned an extraordinary number of new pieces. Sixteen commissions in 20 years! We do this for several reasons: 1) we want to support the work of professional composers/arrangers; 2) we want our members to have the stimulating experience of creating new music; and 3) from time to time we need special music in support of our eclectic, theme-driven programs.

David Brunetti, Arranger

  • Varsity Drag, arrangement of the song by Ray Henderson, Lew Brown, and Buddy DeSylva

Philip Corner

  • Counterpoints: Winter Holiday 
  • Organ Om
  • Well, Come Well!

Thomas Garber

  • The Divine Teachings of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Adoshem Roi, arrangement of The Lord Is My Shepherd by Antonin Dvoràk 
  • Blessing for the Kindling of the Chanukah Lights, arrangement of the traditional liturgy 
  • Chanukah, arrangement of the song by Sholom Secunda 
  • Fond Memories of Ivye: Three Chassidic Tunes
  • How Ya’ Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm, arrangement of the song by Walter Donaldson

Daniel Goode

  • Again and again, based on Noch Amol Un Take Noch Amol, traditional Yiddish children’s song 
  • Say Your Piece

John McDowell

  • Woods Suite (commissioned for our tenth anniversary)

Marcel van Rootselaar

  • Song of Praise

Michael Wimberly

  • Kosayambey
  • Come and Go with Me to That Land, arr Pamela Warrick-Smith 
  • Couldn’t Hear Noboby Pray, arr. William Dawson 
  • Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel
  • Do don’t touch-a my garment
  • Dry Bones
  • Great Day
  • Swing low, sweet chariot
  • The Blind Man, arr. William Grant Still 
  • This Joy that I have, Gullah song 
  • This Old Hammer, arr. Walter Ehret
  • Lead me, guide me, Doris Akers 
  • O Holy Night, Gospel version, arr. J. David Williams 
  • Sweet, Sweet Spirit, by Doris Akers 
  • Walk Him Up the Stairs, from Purlie, by Gary Geld 
  • April is in my mistress’ face
  • Ave Verum Corpus, W.A. Mozart 
  • Come let us start a joyful song
  • Evening Prayer, from Hansel and Gretel, Engelbert Humperdinck, arr. Thomas Garber 
  • Gesú Bambino, Pietro Yon 
  • Glory to God, from Messiah, by G.F. Handel 
  • Gower Wassail, arr. Jerome Epstein 
  • He Watching Over Israel, from Elijah, by Felix Mendelssohn 
  • The Heavens are Telling, Ludwig Beethoven 
  • L’Homme Armé, arr. Jerome Epstein 
  • My Man’s Gone and Leavin’ for the Promis’ Land, from Porgie & Bess, by George Gershwin 
  • O Felix Anima
  • Nativity Carol, by John Rutter 
  • Peace, be still, Philip Corner 
  • Psallite, Michael Praetorius 
  • Salvation is Created (Russian) 
  • Song of the Hebrew Slaves, Giuseppe Verdi 
  • Two Hallelujas, Philip Corner 
  • Watchman, Tell Us of the Night, by Alan Hovhaness
  • A minuit fut fait un réveil, 16th century French noël 
  • Ah ya Zeen, Arabic folk song 
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Thomas Waller, audience 
  • Angels we have heard on high
  • Blowin’ in the Wind, Bob Dylan 
  • Blue Skies, Irving Berlin 
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • The Christmas Song (Chestuts roasting…), Mel Tormé 
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • The Gospel Train
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  • Hit the Road Jack
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Il est né, le divin enfant
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Joe Hill
  • Joseph est bien marié, 16th century French noël 
  • Joy to the World
  • Les bourgeois de Châtre, 16th century French noël 
  • Let all mortal flesh keep silence
  • Let the Sunshine in
  • Let there be peace on earth
  • Lift Every Voice and SingLook for the Silver Lining
  • Let the Sunshine in
  • Let there be peace on earth
  • Lift Every Voice and SingLook for the Silver Lining
  • Look to the rainbow
  • Of the Father’s love begotten, plainchant 
  • Maoz Tsur (Rock of Ages)
  • Moscow Nights, V. Solovyov-Sedoy 
  • Nér li
  • O Channukah
  • O Come, O Come Emanuel
  • O Ihr Kleine Lichtelech
  • Over the Rainbow
  • Pack Up Your Troubles
  • Goodbye! from The Producers
  • Rise up Shepherd and Follow
  • Simu shemen
  • Solidarity Forever
  • Stille Nacht
  • This Land Is Your Land, Woody Guthrie 
  • Union Maid
  • Vine and Fig Tree
  • We Shall Not Be Moved
  • We Shall Overcome
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Winter Wonderland
  • You’re the Top, Cole Porter

  • A la Media Noche (Puerto Rican aguinaldo) 
  • A la ru (Spanish folksong) 
  • Acht Kleine Bruder (Yiddish folksong) 
  • African Noël, arr. André Thomas 
  • Alegría (Puerto Rican aguinaldo )
  • Bebe Jesu, O Betelehem (Nigerian) 
  • Cuando el Rey Nimrod (Ladino folksong, arr. Matthew Lazar) 
  • Dansaron, Catalan (Provençal) 
  • De Tierra Lejana Venimos (Puerto Rican aguinaldo) 
  • Down by the waters of Babylon (American round) 
  • Drey Zikh, Dreydele (Yiddish) 
  • Free and Equal Blues
  • Going Down the Valley (Mennonite) 
  • Hard Times, Come Again No More (Stephen Foster) 
  • Hava na shira, Hebrew
  • I am a Little Dreydl, Yiddish, arr. Zuckerman 
  • Il est né, le divin Enfant!, traditional French, arr. Nicholas Burt 
  • I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen, Irish 
  • La Virgen Lava Pañales, Spanish 
  • My Home the Beautiful Steppes, Mongolian national hymn 
  • O Channukah, Yiddish 
  • O men from the fields, Irish 
  • Pastores a Belén, Puerto Rican aguinaldo 
  • Quanno nascette Ninno, Italian 
  • Si Me Dan Pasteles, Puerto Rican aguinaldo 
  • Simple gifts, American, arr. Aaron Copland 
  • Tum balalaika, Russian 
  • The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
  • The Voices That Are Gone, Stephen Foster 
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Messe de Minuit pour Noël, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1700) 
  • Glory To God, Alan Hovhaness

  • Aunt Dinah Has Blowed the Horn, Scott Joplin 
  • Before the parade passes by, from Hello Dolly!, by Jerry Herman 
  • The Begat from Finian’s Rainbow, by Burton Lane and Yip Harburg 
  • The Eagle and Me from Bloomer Girl, by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg 
  • The Farmer’s Daughter from Bloomer Girl, by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg 
  • Fugue for tinhorns from Guys and Dolls, by Frank Loesser 
  • Hooray for What? by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg 
  • How Are Things in Glocca Morra from Finian’s Rainbow, by Burton Lane and Yip Harburg 
  • It Was Good Enough for Grandma from Bloomer Girl, by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg 
  • Leave the Atom Alone from Jamaica by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg
  • Oklahoma! Medley by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II 
  • Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber 
  • Seasons of Love from Rent by Jonathan Larson 
  • Send in the Clowns, from A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim 
  • Sympathy Waltz from The Firefly by Rudolf Friml 
  • That Great Come and Get It Day from Finian’s Rainbow, by Burton Lane and Yip Harburg 
  • There’ll Be No New Tunes on this Old Piano: A Twenties Medley 
  • There’s no business like show business from Annie Get Your Gun, by Irving Berlin 
  • Too Darn Hot from Kiss Me Kate! By Cole Porter 
  • West Side Story medley, by Leonard Bernstein
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Baby, what you goin’ to be?, by Natalie Sleeth 
  • By the Rivers of Babylon, B. Dowe and F. McHaughton 
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • From a Distance
  • Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, by Irving Berlin 
  • Good King Kong Looked Out, P.D.Q. Bach 
  • Ho! Ho! Holidays
  • I Say a Little Prayer, by Burt Bacharach 
  • In My Room, by Brian Wilson 
  • O Little Town of Hackensack, P.D.Q. Bach 
  • Play for me a simple melody, Irving Berlin 
  • Respect, by Otis Reding 
  • Samba Santa, Kirby Shaw 
  • Sleigh Ride, arr. J. David Williams 
  • White Christmas, Irving Berlin 
  • Without a song
  • At the river, arr. Aaron Copland 
  • Away in a Manger
  • By the Waters of Babylon, by Salamone Rossi 
  • David’s Lamentation, by William Billings 
  • Kol Haneshamah Tehalel Yah, by Bonia Shur 
  • Let all mortal flesh keep silence, French plainsong
  • Maoz Tsur, transcribed by Benedetto Marcello
  •  Ozi VeZimrat Yah, Yemenite Psalm 
  • Prière Silencieuse and Lekha dodi from Service Sacré, by Darius Milhaud 
  • Stille Nacht
  • Thus Saith the High, the Lofty One, William Billings 
  • Wondrous Love, from The Sacred Harp