Grant seeks to fill a need for original music composed for all-male choirs.

For the second time, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus are joining forces to sponsor a fellowship for a Franklin County composer to create a work for male choirs. The fellowship recipient will receive $5,000 and the selected composition will be performed by the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus at their “Joy” concert in December.

This time around, the organizations have expanded eligibility for the grant to include students in post-graduate degree programs at Columbus-area universities.

The fellowship was born, says Tim Sarsany, creative director of the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, when he casually mentioned the need for a program promoting music composed for men’s choruses in a meeting with the Greater Columbus Arts Council several years ago.

 “Gay choruses are some of the leading commissioners of works for men’s choruses, because there’s not a lot of music for us,” says Sarsany, who is a composer himself. In his more than 20 years with CGMC, he has composed several pieces, but says that he arranges more music than he composes because arrangements for only male voices are so rare.

Enter the composers. In order to be considered for the fellowship, compositions must be original, secular, written for the six vocal parts of a men’s chorus with instrumental accompaniment and submitted by 5 p.m. on August 1. For more information about the fellowship, visit

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