If you are a band director who would like to offer your students the experience of working with a composer to bring new music to life at an affordable price, please join composer Garrett Hope and I as we work to create a quality grade 2 composition for concert band.
This piece will be in a lyrical style, with a duration of 3:00-3:30 minutes. Beyond adding quality works to the repertoire, one of the most appealing elements of this project for me is Garrett's willingness to serve as a mentor and advisor to my students who are interested in learning to compose themselves. All members of the consortium will have their names and schools listed in the score and receive a Skype session with Garrett to discuss the composition process and receive insights into the preparation of the piece.
Members who are able to contribute $250 to the project will have access to a packet of resources designed to enable your students to begin their own journeys as composers, as well as to opportunity to participate in a special composition webinar hosted by Garrett and designed to give students direct access to a composer/mentor who can answer questions, provide feedback and help your students launch their own composition careers.
I will be handling the logistics of the commission on behalf of consortium members. All you need to do is commit to the project by May 1 and be prepared to contribute either $150 or $250 by September 1, 2018. The piece will be delivered and ready for performance in early 2019. If this is something you would like to be a part of, please use this form to let us know. Please feel free to reach out to us via email if you would like additional info.
If you would like to hear more about how Garrett and I think about music making with students, please check out our interview on The Portfolio Composer.