commissioning

Interested in a new work?

Bringing a new composition into the world is an exciting process. The creation of new original music is a gift like no other: for performers, for listeners, and especially for the composer. I enjoy nothing greater than the chance to create new music that moves people and communicates something worth sharing with others.

For me, commissioning begins with a conversation, where I have the opportunity to learn about your specific hopes and dreams for the new work. This may include discussion of musical and thematic ideas, texts, your organization's structure and mission, how the work will be received by your performers and audience, and many other factors. I also like to -- whenever possible -- attend rehearsals or performances before I begin to write.

The cost of commissioning new music varies widely and is dependent upon a host of factors, including:

  • Duration / length (in minutes)
  • Scope (size of performing forces)
  • Composition timeframe (deadline for final score, etc.)
  • Consortium commission (with multiple organizations)
  • Text permissions
  • Parts / Piano-Vocal score (for choral and large ensemble & opera)
  • Travel expenses to attend the premiere

New Music USA (formerly Meet The Composer) has set up guidelines for the commissioning of new music. If you are new to the process of creating new works, I highly recommend you read this guide for a good overview of the process.

The bottom-line is: cost is just one small part of the very exciting process that is creating new music. Whatever your vision, I hope to help you make it a reality for you and the people you serve with your music.

Contact me to start a conversation!

Some Commissioning Organizations:

  • ACFEA Tour Consultants
  • Anderson University
  • Ann Stookey Fund for New Music
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Choral Arts Society of Washington
  • Chorus America (*twice)
  • Cincinnati Boychoir
  • Cincinnati VAE (Vocal Arts Ensemble)
  • Commonwealth Youth Choirs
  • Cor Cantiamo
  • Cornell University Chorale
  • Divergence Vocal Theater
  • eighth blackbird
  • The Esoterics
  • Fairfax General Music Educators Association
  • Falls Church Presbyterian
  • Fort Wayne Children's Choir
  • Franklin Central High School
  • Handel Society of Dartmouth College
  • Hendrix College
  • Houston Chamber Choir
  • Ithaca Children's Choir
  • Ithaca College (*thrice)
  • Juventas New Music Ensemble
  • Kansas City Chorale
  • Knox Presbyterian Church
  • Macalester College (*twice)
  • Maggie Finnegan, soprano
  • Master Chorale of South Florida
  • Miami University (Ohio) (*twice)
  • North Central High School (Indianapolis)
  • NOTUS (*twice)
  • Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus
  • Princeton Glee Club
  • ROK: Reimagining Opera for Kids
  • Rhinebeck Choral Club
  • Soli Deo Gloria
  • Smith College Choirs
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Cincinnati
  • Texas Boys Choir
  • Texas Choral Directors Association
  • Texas State University Chorale
  • "The President's Own" United States Marine Band
  • Third Coast Percussion
  • The University Church at Yale
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • University of Houston Honors College
  • University of Illinois (Sesquecentennial Commission)
  • University of Michigan Men's Glee Club
  • University of Missouri Kansas City
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Richmond Schola Cantorum
  • West End United Methodist Church - Nashville
  • Whitman College Choirs (*twice)
  • Winchester (MA) High School Choirs
  • Worcester Youth Orchestras
  • Xavier University
  • Yale Institute of Sacred Music
  • Young People's Chorus of NYC