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New Releases, New Commission Program, And A New Partnership

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM


As part of my reconstituted efforts to get more composing accomplished, I have another new release this week. It's a piece for elementary string orchestra called "String Cheese". This entertaining piece introduces beginner string players to staccato bowing, two-note slurs, and portamento as a preparation for shifting positions in later studies. It has a lighthearted promanade style and features melodic material for the cello and bass as well as the violins. There are two-part divisi passages in the violin I part, and a brief episode of divisi in the violin II and viola parts.


If you know any music teachers who may be interested in String Cheese, my other new release for elementary band entitled "Beam Me Up!", or any of my compositions, please share it with them.


New Composition Commissioning Program With Patreon


I am going to do a full article on this soon, but music directors can commission me to write an original piece for their ensembles at a ridiculously reduced rate by becoming a patron at the $25 level on Patreon. To receive the commission, you must remain a contributor for 3 consecutive months. The $25 is per composition, and I plan to compose 1 to 2 new pieces a month, which means your composition commission will cost you between $75 and $300. That's a heck of a lot cheaper than commissioning me at my normal rate of $1,000 for a full band or orchestra piece!


If you know any school band, chorus, or orchestra directors who may be interested in commissioning a composer on the cheap, please refer them to me.


Please consider becoming my patron on Patreon. Patrons are getting sneak peeks at my latest work and a host of other benefits.


Now Hosting My Compositions On Cadenza One


In a moment of synergy, I was made aware of Cadenza One, a website devoted to electronic sheet music sales. I am slowly beginning to migrate my compositions to this site in hopes that they will help me increase sales. I have been a user of web-based services long enough to know that not all services are successful at SEO and web marketing, and the Alexa report on this site was not encouraging, but I am willing to give it a try. Their terms of service are great, with 50% of each sale going to the composer/publisher, payable by PayPal each month. Beats waiting an entire calendar year for a check from a traditional publisher!


Thanks again for being a faithful follower of my work.




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