New Jersey Symphony commissions score for physically distant orchestra and choir to honor medical and service workers

Posted on: May 6, 2020

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has commissioned a new work, Gratias Tibi, for physically distanced orchestra and choir from José Luis Domínguez, to express gratitude to the state’s frontline medical and service workers. The Montclair State University Singers will join the musicians of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for a virtual world premiere on June 8. All performers will record their parts individually from home, and each part will be edited together to create the finished work. Domínguez is a frequent NJSO summer parks and family concert conductor, and artistic director of the NJSO Youth Orchestras; his compositions have been performed by orchestras and ballet companies in South America. The commission is an extension of NJSO at Home, the orchestra’s collection of original video content and NJSO concert recordings on social media and the NJSO website, featuring NJSO musicians sharing at-home performances, instrument demonstrations, and insight into their lives. For more about Gratias Tibi, visit