Composer Raven Chacon won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his 2021 piece, Voiceless Mass. Chacon is the first indigenous composer to do so. Voiceless Mass was commissioned by the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ, Plymouth Church UCC and Present Music, an ensemble-based nonprofit organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chacon’s Pulitzer-winning composition premiered at that church last November.

The Jury said, the Mass is « a mesmerizing, original work for organ and ensemble that evokes the weight of history in a church setting, a concentrated and powerful musical expression with a haunting visceral impact. »

Raven Chacon (born 1977) is a Navajo artist.  He was born in Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation, Arizona.

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