Native American wins Pulitzer Prize for music


Last updated 8/5/2022 at 2:45pm

Courtesy of Raven Chacon

Raven Chacon, from the Navajo Nation, is the first Native American to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize in music.

New York-Raven Chacon has become the first Native American to win a Pulitzer Prize for music. Hs composition, "Voiceless Mass," is a large ensemble work that was commissioned by the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ, Plymouth Church UCC, and Present Music. It was composed specifically for the Nichols & Simpson organ at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but can be performed in any space of worship with high ceilings and pipe organ, Chacon noted.

"This work considers the spaces in which we gather, the history of access of these spaces, and...

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