commissioning

Interested in a new work?

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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 and compelling sounds to move people and communicate something worth sharing with others.

For me, commissioning is a holistic process. It begins with a conversation with the interested person, where I have the opportunity to learn about their specific hopes and dreams for the new work. This may include discussion of musical and thematic ideas, texts, the organization's structure and mission, how the work will be received by the performers and audience, and many other factors. I also like to -- whenever possible -- attend rehearsals or performances of the organization 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: my fees are negotiable and dependent on the specific project and the people being served. Whatever your vision, I can help you make it a reality and bring new music to life 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
  • Chorus America
  • Cincinnati Boychoir
  • Commonwealth Youth Choirs
  • Cornell University Chorale
  • Divergence Vocal Theater
  • eighth blackbird
  • The Esoterics
  • Fairfax General Music Educators Association
  • Fort Wayne Children's Choir
  • Handel Society of Dartmouth College
  • Hendrix College
  • Houston Chamber Choir
  • Ithaca Children's Choir
  • Ithaca College Choir
  • Juventas New Music Ensemble
  • Kansas City Chorale
  • Macalester College
  • Miami University - Oxford, Ohio
  • NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
  • Princeton Glee Club
  • Rhinebeck Choral Club
  • Smith College Choirs
  • Texas Choral Directors Association
  • Texas State University Chorale
  • 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 Richmond Schola Cantorum
  • West End United Methodist Church - Nashville
  • Whitman College Choirs
  • Winchester (MA) High School Choirs
  • Xavier University
  • Yale Institute of Sacred Music