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Amendment: Pledging Allegiance (2020)

for SATB choir, cello | 00:03:00

by Melissa Dunphy | text by Stacey Abrams

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Founding Commission by Chorosynthesis Singers, Santa Monica College, & Connecticut College.

Commissioning choirs:
  • Chorosynthesis Singers
  • Connecticut College Choirs
  • Santa Monica College Choirs
  • The Dubuque Chorale
  • Denver Choir League
  • Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus
  • ICantori of Walla Walla University
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
  • Vesper Chorale
  • Susquehanna Valley Chorale
  • One Voice Chorus
  • Syracuse University Choirs
  • Cerddorion

World Premiere (virtual) by Chorosynthesis Singers, Jeremiah Selvey and Wendy Moy, Co-Artistic Directors. The live premiere of this work was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic; the score will be available after the live premiere.

Texts curated by Melissa Dunphy, Wendy Moy, Helena Pennington, Kala Pierson, and Jeremiah Selvey. View texts at

Pledging Allegiance
Text by Francis Bellamy, Astrid Silva, and Mary Church Terrell

With liberty and justice for all.[1]
We know the wind blows words away.
Actions are what matter[2]
And so, lifting as we climb, onward and upward we go.
With courage born of past success, with a keen sense of
responsibility, we look forward, to a future large with
promise and hope.[3]

[1] Francis Bellamy, “The Pledge of Allegiance.” 1971
[2] Astrid Silva, “Democratic Response to President Donald Trump’s First Congressional Joint Address.” Speech given in Spanish with an English translation made available through The Washington Post, 2017
[3] Mary Church Terrell, “The Progress of Colored Women.” Speech given at the National American Women’s Suffrage Association,1898

Curation and collection of texts and structure of work,
© Copyright 2020 Dunphy, Moy, Pennington, Pierson, & Selvey