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Your Top 10 favorite living composers (someone commission-able)

Who are your Top 10 favorite living choral composers?  Specifically, who write or will write choral music, and are available for commissions.
Feel free to offer up composers who write mainly for movies, games, pop, or____, etc.  Don't limit yourself!
I guess another way to put it would be: if you could afford to pay for 10 commissions: which composers would you choose?  
Thanks in advance for the input.  We're thinking of doing a series of all new works. I'm really curious what people will say!  
Replies (42): Threaded | Chronological
on May 17, 2010 6:23pm
My suggestions:
Libby Larsen
Jennifer Higdon
Chen Yi
Kinoshita Makiko
Elizabeth Alexander
Emma Lou Diemer
Tania Leon
Judith Shatin
Alexina Louie
Anne LeBaron
I look forward to hearing this series of new works!  Best, Michele 
J. Michele Edwards
on May 17, 2010 9:00pm
1) Mark Hayes
2) Dan Forrest
3) Bob Burroughts
4-10) See Above
on May 17, 2010 9:20pm
John Wiliams (USA)
Morten Lauridsen (USA)
John Ratter (UK)
Kerl Jenkins (UK)
Bob Chilcot (UK)
Eric Whitacre (USA)
Lane Prince (Canada)
Josu Badiola (Spain)
Kentaro Sato (Japan)
Joshua Shank (USA)
on May 18, 2010 3:01am
Some of my favoutite UK composers already mentioned. May I add:
Philip Stopford
Malcolm Archer
both accepting commissions at reasonable rates.
on May 18, 2010 4:18am
I have given commissions to the following who deserve FAR more.  Great works, very much well written for the voice, solid work in every way.
Daron Hagen (recently received a commission from the Seattle Opera.  I commissioned his Walt Whitman Requiem, a work I plan on conducting again as soon as i can.)
James Valcq (solid work, major award winner. I have commissioned a number of choral works, his Two Shakespeare Songs was a favorite of my choirs.)
One other composer whose commissions I have sung is Roberto Sierra.  Outstanding!!!
on May 18, 2010 4:25am
Morten Lauridsen (USA)
Erik Whitacre (USA)
Stanford E. Scriven (USA) (scriven(a)
Tom Price (Nashville, TN) (tom(a)
Van Gilmer (Gospel) (Wilmette, IL) (VGilmer(a)
Stephen Chatman (Canada)
Mark Sirett (Kingston, Canada) (msirett(a)
Eric Dozier (Vancouver, Canada)
John G. Armstrong (Ottawa, Canada)
on May 18, 2010 5:30am
 my current favorites:
Rene Clausen
Z. Randall Sroop
Paul Halley
Eric Whitacre
on May 18, 2010 5:59am
 Canadian composers whom we have successfully commissioned and/or performed:
Allan Bevan
John Estacio
Malcolm Forsyth
Allan Gilliland
Christos Hatzis
Sid Robinovitch
Mark Sirett
Ruth Watson Henderson
Other living composers not mentioned above whose work I admire and have done recently:
Gavin Bryars
Jonathan Dove
Leonard Enns
Ola Gjeilo
Gabriel Jackson
Tarik O'Regan
Good luck!
on May 18, 2010 6:29am
Please add to these fabulous lists:
Abbie Betinis 
Michelle Weir
on May 18, 2010 6:47am
Joan Szymko
Clifton Noble, Jr.
on May 18, 2010 6:57am
Add Canadian composers Imant Raminsh and Eleanor Daley to the list - wonderful singable music! - and contact the Canadian Music Centre for other recommendations
on May 18, 2010 7:00am

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