faq

How can I commission a new work?

Commissioning a new work is one of the most engaging and exhilarating projects for any musician, ensemble, and audience. I have completed commissions for choirs, orchestras, chamber groups, soloists, and new media, and each of them has been a joy. Here is some information to get the process started.  The fee depends on forces, duration, difficulty, and the particular situation. Some texts require permission and a separate fee to the author. Engraving costs are generally included in the commissioning fee. Meet the Composer has an industry-standard fee chart that we can use as a starting point. If you would like a more detailed guide, I recommend Meet The Composer Commissioning Music: A Basic Guide available here. Half of the commission fee is due with the signed contract, and the remainder is due upon delivery of performance-ready score and parts. My standard contract will be modified to reflect your specific needs and our negotiated agreement. If your group has a standard contract form, I am happy to use it. Contact me here to start the process.

How can I purchase a score?
Just click on the buy button beside the score that you are interested in buying. If you have any further questions just shoot me a message on the contact form.

What should I do if I want to play a piece of yours?
Please do! Just let me know when you are having a performance either with a message or with the performance notification form. Generally performers do not pay composers to do live performances of their music (except for opera and ballet). Instead composers are paid through ASCAP and by sales of scores.

I don’t see a particular piece. Where is it?
Some new or less frequently performed pieces are not listed here. If there’s something old or new that interests you, please contact me directly.

What kind of electronics do I need to perform your new media pieces?
It depends on the piece. For the Blender project electronic pieces and Drum Break, all electronics are done live. Many different setups are possible. The best bet is to partner with an electronic musician. For House on the Hill and other pieces that include fixed media, recordings come packaged with the score.