The AVS has remained committed to the creation and performance of new music since the organization’s founding. Through international viola congresses, competitions, and chapter events, we have inspired the creation of many new pieces and provided venues for their performance and promotion. In recent years, we have increased funding to support the commissioning of new works by the Society. If you would like to make a donation to help with this initiative, please visit the donation page.
1979: Sonata for Viola and Piano by George Rochberg (co-commission with BYU and friends of William Primrose in honor of Primrose’s 75th birthday).
1989 Concerto for Viola and Orchestra by Wayne Bohrnstedt (for the 1989 Primrose Competition)
1990: Aria and Allegro, for viola and string orchestra by Richard Lane (for the 1991 Primrose Competition)
2000: Shema, for Baritone, Viola obbligato, Cello, and Piano by Maurice Gardner (commissioned by Dwight Pounds for the American Viola Society)
2007: Recitative, for viola solo by Scott Slapin (for the 2008 Primrose Competition)
2011: Inner Voices, for viola solo by Peter Askim (for the 2011 Primrose Competition)
2011: Capricious, for three violas by Scott Slapin
2012: Romanza, for four violas, op. 15 by Christopher Lowry
2015: Doublet for Two Violas by Rex Isenberg
2016: Rise (and Shine) by Kenji Bunch (for the 2016 American Viola Society Festival)
Score and parts available for purchase
2017: Violists on the March! by Michael Kimber