Would you like a new piece written especially for your group? I would be happy to discuss a commission with you! The typical process for a commission is described below.
The prospective commissioner arranges a meeting to discuss a possible commission. If a face to face meeting is not feasible, a phone call will work just as well. Over the course of a meeting or two, the details of the commission will be discussed and agreed upon. The details normally include such things as the desired voicing or instrumentation, the length of the work, the level of difficulty, the type of text for a vocal piece, and the fee. A premiere date will also need to be set as well as a schedule for when the music needs to be delivered for the performing group to have adequate rehearsal time.
Once a general agreement has been reached, I will draft a letter of agreement which includes the details of the agreement and will send two copies to the commissioning person or organization. One copy of the letter, signed by the responsible representative, is to be returned to me along with a check for half of the total fee. Once I have received the first payment, I will officially add the project to my schedule and begin searching for a suitable text (if needed). The second half of the fee becomes due when the completed score is delivered.
I believe that it is important to the audience, performers, and composer for the composer to be present at the premiere performance. If possible, prior to the performance, it would be helpful to be able to meet the performers, board members and other officials of the group, and others that may be involved as well. It is expected that, unless the premiere performance is within 3 hours driving distance, the commissioning person or organization will pay the travel expenses for me to be present at the premiere.When a piece is commissioned the choir will own exclusive performance rights for the premiere and for further performances for a given period of time, honored with a dedication at the top of the manuscript which will also be included if the score is published commercially.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of a commissioned work for your ensemble or for your own use, please feel free to Contact Me by phone, e-mail, or postal mail.
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Lindon, UT 84042
Sweet Love Remember'd, commissioned by Brigham Young University for performance at the 2005 National ACDA Convention in Los Angeles, Dr. Ronald Staheli, director
A Winter Landscape, commissioned by Northern Arizona University for their 2007 Annual Holiday Dinner Concert, Dr. Edie Copley, director
The Summit, commissioned by the Pleasant Grove High School for their 2008 Graduation Ceremonies, Dr. Jim Wilcock, director
(Contact me if you are interested in this piece.)
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, arrangement commissioned by Jean Applonie and the BYU Women's Chorus for inclusion in their Fall 2012 concert. Because of licensing restrictions, this arrangment is not available for purchase at this time.
Sweet is the Peace the Gospel Brings and Onward, Christian Soldiers, commissioned by Rosalind Hall and the BYU Men's Chorus for inclusion in their album, Set Apart: Beloved Missionary Hymns. This album was released on April 5, 2013, and is available free of charge at the SetApartAlbum.com.
Hey Jude, arrangement commissioned by Jean Applonie and the BYU Women's Chorus for inclusion in their Sprint 2013 concert. Because of licensing restrictions, this arrangment is not available for purchase at this time.