The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California has commissioned Santa Cruz-born composer and multimedia artist Scott Ordway to create a new work for orchestra and vocal ensemble. The End of Rain—to be premiered at the 2022 festival by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, led by conductor Cristian Măcelaru, and featuring the eight-member vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth—will weave together stories and words from regions of the western United States recently impacted by wildfire and drought. To collect the words that will form the foundation of the work, Ordway and the festival are asking members of the public to share their individual experiences of wildfire and drought. The collected stories will be translated into a musical form. Stories can be shared at theendofrain.com until May 15, 2021. The project’s website is presented in English and Spanish, and welcomes submissions in any language.