Commissioning a new work is an exciting endeavor for both performer and composer. In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to commission pieces for my own choir, and have also been commissioned to write pieces for other choirs. A variety of factors will determine the fee for a commission, including voicing, accompaniment or other instrumentation, difficulty level, duration, and timeline for completion.
It is generally best to contact me approximately 12 months before the score is needed for the rehearsal process. This allows sufficient time to discuss the parameters of the commission, select a text, secure copyright permissions (if applicable), and provide ample time for the creative process. Once we have worked out all of the details, a commission contract will be written and signed to ensure that both parties understand and agree to all aspects of the project.
If my schedule allows, I would be delighted to come work with your ensemble as you prepare for the premiere. I simply request that you cover the travel and lodging costs associated with this type of residency.
Please contact me to inquire about a commission.
Thou Art My Lute, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Tiffany Marsh, conductor (December 2018)
Exsultate, University of Mississippi, Don Trott, conductor (Fall 2018)
And This Shall Be For Music, Mississippi Youth Chorale, Andy Beasley, conductor (April 2018)
'Tis Morning, SKMA All-Festival SATB Choir (November 2016)
One Voice, Sister Sound (Kentucky), Rob Vanover, conductor (June 2016)
Stella Clara, consortium of 12 choirs (January 2016)
The Church's One Foundation, First Christian Church, Richmond, KY (November 2015)
Music, I Yield to Thee, North Carolina SATB All-State Choir, Marc Ashley Foster, conductor (May 2015)
My Song, Hopkins High School (Minnesota), Philip Brown, conductor (March 2015)
Come, Sweet Peace, James Madison University (Virginia), Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, conductor (February 2015)
The Arrow and the Song, Lafayette HS (Kentucky), Ryan Marsh, conductor (May 2014)
Joy Comes In the Morning, Wayensboro HS (Virginia) Concert Choir senior class (May 2014)
The Sky Is Strung With Glory, Waynesboro HS (Virginia), Jeffrey Ryman, conductor (Nov. 2013)