100 years ago, American women gained the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This year, we commissioned 19 women to write 19 new pieces — the single largest women-only commissioning initiative in orchestral history.

The multi-season Project 19 launches in February 2020 with a three-week festival featuring six World Premieres: three for orchestra, three for chamber ensemble. The Orchestra premieres two more Project 19 commissions in June 2020, and 11 more premieres will follow in future seasons.

Project 19 will also feature a collaboration with the Academy of American Poets to commission 19 new works by women poets and a site-specific production of Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All — an opera on the life of Susan B. Anthony with a libretto by Gertrude Stein — co-presented with The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s MetLiveArts performance series and The Juilliard School.

Project 19 Premieres in 2020

Project 19 Premieres in Future Seasons

Lead support for Project 19 is provided by the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust.

Generous support is also provided by The Hauser Foundation, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Project 19 is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.