Commissions

I invite you to embark on a journey of creativity and collaboration with me! I welcome commissions and am happy to work with any budget. Please contact me to get started. In your message, include the instrumentation, approximate duration (ex. 4-6 minutes), and a tentative timeline.

Commissioning a piece of music is an opportunity to create something truly memorable. Maybe you’re…

  • … a performer looking for a customized piece that showcases your talent…
  • … a student looking to add to your portfolio…
  • … a filmmaker looking for the perfect score to enhance your visuals…
  • … a game developer looking to create an immersive soundtrack for your project…
  • … a business owner looking to add ambiance to your establishment with custom music…
  • … a couple getting married wanting a personalized song for your special day…
  • … a content creator seeking original music to elevate your videos or podcasts…
  • … a choreographer in need of a unique composition for your dance performance…
  • … a music enthusiast looking to commemorate a milestone or celebrate an event…
  • … a person who wants new music “just because”…

Whatever inspires you, whether you’re commemorating a special occasion, enhancing a creative project, or simply indulging in the joy of music, let’s collaborate and create something extraordinary together.

Commissioning a piece of music is an opportunity to create something truly memorable. Maybe you’re…

  • … a performer looking for a customized piece that showcases your talent…
  • … a student looking to add to your portfolio…
  • … a filmmaker looking for the perfect score to enhance your visuals…
  • … a game developer looking to create an immersive soundtrack for your project…
  • … a business owner looking to add ambiance to your establishment with custom music…
  • … a couple getting married wanting a personalized song for your special day…
  • … a content creator seeking original music to elevate your videos or podcasts…
  • … a choreographer in need of a unique composition for your dance performance…
  • … a music enthusiast looking to commemorate a milestone or celebrate an event…
  • … a person who wants new music “just because”…

Whatever inspires you, whether you’re commemorating a special occasion, enhancing a creative project, or simply indulging in the joy of music, let’s collaborate and create something extraordinary together.

The cost per piece is as unique as the music itself. My commission fees vary based on the genre, instrumentation, and duration of the proposed piece. If you’d like to get a general idea of the going rate for commissioning new music, check out the New Music USA Commissioning Fees Calculator. This is a good tool for determining the potential price range of a commission, and provides a great starting point for price negotiations.

I never want money to get in the way of creativity and collaboration. If you’re interested in commissioning a new work, regardless of your financial situation, please contact me so that we can find a way to make it happen!

I have a lot of experience working on tight deadlines, but the creative process is most successful when there is time for pondering.

A teacher of mine once asked a famous composer for the secret to his success. He simply replied, “Deadlines.” We will work together to decide on an appropriate deadline for the completed piece. Depending on the size and scope of the proposed project, the commission process could take anywhere from 3 months for a solo, or up to 2+ years for a larger ensemble work.

Step 1: Get inspired

Spend some time thinking about what you want. What sort of piece would you like to commission? How long should it be? What will the instrumentation be? When will the piece be performed? 

Step 2: Contact me

Once you’ve got some idea of what you’re looking for, contact me to get the conversation started. In your message, include details such as: 

  • Instrumentation
  • Approximate duration, as a range (ex. 4-6 minutes)
  • Approximate performance date
Step 3: Initial Conversation

We will chat about your proposed piece in person, on the phone, or via Zoom. This is an opportunity for us to connect and get on the same page regarding your goals and desires. 

Step 4: Discussion

We will work together to smooth out all the details and lay out a timeline for the project. I will ask questions regarding style preferences, and whether or not the piece should follow a particular theme. We will talk about the ideal difficulty level for the piece, and any preferences the performers may have. We will also dive into the nitty gritty details. We’ll negotiate cost and payment (including the commission fee, printing fees, and potential travel reimbursements), and discuss performance and recording rights.

Step 5: Sign the Commission Contract

After we have reached an agreement, I will prepare a contract, which will include everything we have discussed. We will both sign and date this document. At this time, any agreed upon up-front payment will be made. Generally, I ask for half of the commission fee up front, but this is flexible. 

Step 5: Composing and Continued Communication

I like to stay in contact throughout the composing process. I may reach out with questions, progress updates, and sneak peeks. I often like to give ideas a test run, especially when the piece is being written for a specific performer. I may reach out to schedule virtual meetings with the performers to explore their instrument and their preferences, and be creative together.

From the time the contract is signed until to the deadline, I expect commissioners to keep me updated on any changes that might effect the piece (for example, changed performance dates, loss of funding, changed performers, etc.), and I will do the same. 

Step 6: Piece Delivery

Once the piece is complete, I will send the agreed upon materials. A PDF score and parts and a midi mockup is included. A printed score and parts will be made upon request, for an additional fee. 

Step 7: Rehearsal

As a performer, I am intimately familiar with the rehearsal process. I like to work in a few virtual rehearsals as part of the commission agreement. It’s a great time to ask questions and explore the music together.

Step 8: Premiere Performance

This is where the magic happens, the moment we’ve all been waiting for!