NOW ACCEPTING COMMISSIONS
FOR 2019 AND BEYOND! 


COMMISSIONING PHILOSOPHY

As a composer, the opportunity to write a piece that is specifically tailored to the needs and interests of a choir is one of the most exciting opportunities I can have. I've been very lucky to work with groups of all shapes and sizes, including middle school, high school, collegiate, community, and professional groups; from the extremely well-funded to the "not-at-all;" and from the "every day" to the exceptional! Each commission has brought its own unique challenges and opportunities to the table, and I love that. 

As a teacher, I understand that commissioning a new work can be a daunting experience, so I want to make it as easy as possible for my future clients.
Therefore, here are some promises that I make whenever someone asks whether I can write something for their group:

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  • I will ask about your goals and write the piece that you want. 
  • I will work to accentuate your group's strengths. 
  • I will adhere to your desires with regard to length, divisi, instrumentation, range, and any other considerations. 
  • I will work with you to choose a theme, text, and/or mood that appeals to you, your choir, and your audience. 
  • I will work with copyright holders to secure rights for text that is not in public domain, when necessary. 
  • I will show you unfinished drafts and allow you to request modifications that suit your ensemble. 
  • I will provide a polished working copy of the score in time for you to prep your rehearsals.
  • I will provide MIDI part-tracks and accompaniment, as desired. 
  • I will provide a finished, thoroughly edited, and dedicated score to ensure the final edition is perfect
  • I will provide a thorough contract and invoice, so you know exactly what to expect—and when. 
  • I will work directly with business services, donors, administrators, or accountants to make life easy.
  • I will be available to discuss questions and concerns via email, phone, or text. 
  • I will make myself available to conduct composer Q&A's, clinics, or both on Skype.
  • I will charge a fair market price that respects your budget. 

THE AVERAGE COMMISSIONING COST VARIES, DEPENDING ON THE DESIRED LENGTH, COMPLEXITY, AND TURNAROUND TIME, BUT AVERAGES BETWEEN $500-$1000. INSTITUTIONS WITH PROVEN RECORDS OF EXCELLENCE, DIVERSITY, OR SOCIAL SERVICE RECEIVE SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNTS. 

If a traditional single-school commission is outside your budget, ask me about starting a "Commissioning Consortium," where other schools (either in your area or across the country) share the cost of commissioning an original work together. This is a great way to build community and reduce costs!

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HIRING ME FOR A COMMISSION, PLEASE USE THE CONTACT FORM.  


I'm lucky enough to have my works performed all over the world. Below are just some of my commissions and premieres. 

Jennifer Rodgers
University of Washington; Pundits and Poets arrangement; SATB, percussion, strings; 2017

Winston Knoll Collegiate 
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; The Dove that Calls; SAB, piano; 2017

Monroe High School
Monroe, Michigan; Fairy Song; SA, piano; 2017

Florida ACDA Men’s Honor Choir 
Journeyman’s Song; TTB, piano; 2015

Kansas ACDA Treble Honor Choir
Now, Voyager; SSA, piano, horn; 2017

Inaugural Symposium on Singing and Song 
Newfoundland, Canada; Frobisher Bay; TTB, piano; 2015

Commissioning Consortium
“Dream of the Caged Bird” (CO, TX, FL, OH, OK, CA, MA, NJ, PA, MO) 2017

The Texas Voices
Dallas, TX; “Mezõ de Solé Levé” SATB divisi, djembe; 2017

Grand Junction High School
Brad Hirsch, Director; “Come With Me” SSA, percussion; 2016

Castille High School
Cami Clausen, Director; “Dream On” SATB, piano; 2017

GALA Chorus Festival
Denver, Colorado; “My Country Tis of Thee” brass arrangement; 2016

Prairie Point Middle School
Cedar Rapids Iowa; The Witching Hour; TTB, piano; 2016

Fort Collins High School
William Ecker, Director; “San Aki no Haiku” SATB, piano (choral set); 2017

AJ Phillips
University of Northern Colorado; “Furiosa” Mezzo Soprano, guitar, percussion; 2017

Kara Kupecki, Ethan Peckham
University of Northern Colorado; “A Little Song,” soprano, baritone, piano; 2016

The Texas Voices
Dallas, TX; “anyone live in a pretty how town” SATB, piano; 2016

Out Loud: The Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus
“Hold On” from The Secret Garden, TTBB; 2016

Patriot League Honor Choir
Greeley, Colorado “Afternoon on a Hill,” SSA, piano; 2016

University of Northern Colorado Chamber Choir
“Firelight,” SATB; 2016

Discovery Canyon Campus
“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan, TTBB; 2013

Mackenzie Wilson
Baylor University, Waco, Texas; Sussurations, Soprano, piano; 2011

Grapevine High School
Patrick Antinone, Director; Born on a Fishing Boat; SSA, piano; 2012

If you are interested in hiring Braeden Ayres for a commission, please use the contact form