Commissions and Collaborations
I’m interested in a possible commission. Where do I start and what is the process like?
Every commission starts with a conversation. My preferred initial contact method is email at firstname.lastname@example.org. First come logistics: length, ability level, instrumentation or ensemble size, target performance date, and budget. Then comes the fun stuff. I enjoy both free-reign commission projects and those with a set concept or theme already in mind. Left to my own devices, I gravitate toward themes of nature and natural phenomena, aviation, communication, or technology. For K-12 school ensembles in particular, I encourage collaboration with students during the planning process as it helps develop a greater sense of ownership and connection in the classroom. In the past this has involved students brainstorming and/or voting on potential titles, themes, or concepts.
What are some other opportunities to collaborate outside of a sole commission?
If being the sole commissioner of a project is outside of your scope, a consortium commission project might be a good fit instead. A consortium commission involves multiple ensembles or performers who each contribute a portion of the commission fee – essentially, “crowdfunding” a piece of music. Each ensemble has a certain level of involvement in the process and exclusivity in premiering the finished work.
I also love hearing from groups who are performing my existing pieces. Drop me a line at email@example.com with any questions.
Can we have you in to work with our ensemble on one of your pieces?
Short answer: Yes! Long answer: I travel at most a couple of times per year, so the majority of my visits are virtual. Depending on your location and the scope of your tech setup, this can take a number of forms, including prerecorded video feedback, live Q&A, and/or real-time performance feedback. Feel free to reach out to see what kind of visit will suit your situation best.
PDF Score and Parts Delivery
What is PDF Delivery?
PDF Delivery allows you to receive your score and parts set digitally via email instead of physical copies via snail mail. You get quicker access to the music at a lower price and are able to better ensure the correct number of parts for your ensemble.
Is there a limit on the number of copies I can print?
You may print as many or as few copies of each part as needed for your ensemble. However, please don’t share or post your download link, files, and/or printed copies with others beyond the intended license. Every sale makes a difference!
How and when will I receive my files?
Once payment clears, a password-protected file transfer link will be sent to the email address used during purchase. Please allow up to 1 full business day to receive your link.
Help! I never received my link or my link/password is broken/expired.
After checking your spam folder, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received your link after 1 full business day or if you are having other issues accessing the download.
How many cats do you have?
Two. And if they were an indie band, this would be the their album cover: