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Commissioning

If you are an individual musician, member of an ensemble, concert producer, music patron—or simply a music-lover—consider commissioning me to write a new work for your next recital, concert, tour, CD project or for a special occasion (e.g. wedding, anniversary, birthday). I welcome proposals of any size—even a two-minute piano prelude.

Funding can come from public or private sources. Applications made through the public granting agencies (e.g. Canada Council for the Arts) use the commissioning rates recommended by the Canadian League of Composers to determine fees. These rates are also a good reference for privately-funded initiatives.

One way to keep costs down is the process of joint-commissioning whereby two or more individual musicians or ensembles jointly commission a new work; each is entitled to a local premiere. This considerably reduces the fee for each commissioner.

To find out more about the commissioning process or to explore an idea you may have, send me an email.

LIST OF COMMISSIONS
Year Commissioner Work
2015 Queen's University L'Aube for mixed choir
(for Pro Coro Canada)
2014 Connie Kaldor Yes, I Can! for orchestra & narrator
2014 Connie Kaldor A Duck in New York City (arrs.)
for orchestra & voice/speaker
2014 Queen's University [piece for solo kantele (zither)]
(for Hedi Viisma)
2014 Edmonton Arts Council Badinerie for trumpet & piano
(for Robin Doyon)
2014 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Sonata for Viola & Piano
(for Charles Pilon & Jeremy Spurgeon)
2013 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Delights & Discords
2013 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Northwest Passage Variations
2012 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Symphony No. 2 "Water"
2012 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Whirlwind
2011 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra "Silent Night" (arrangement)
2011 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Lullaby
2011 Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Achilles & Scamander
2011 Canadian Music Centre
(ON region)
Spring
2011 CBC Radio String Sextet "The Tempest"
2011 Windermere String Quartet
(Toronto, ON)
Traces of a Silent Landscape
2010 Trevor Pittman
(Windsor, ON)
Sonata "Muskoka" for Clarinet & Piano
2010 Elanée Ensemble
(Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
Sonata for Viola & Double Bass
2008 Talisker Players
(Toronto, ON)
Red Moon & Other Songs of War (chamber version)
2006 Ottawa Youth Orchestra Maya the Bee
2003 Ottawa Youth Orchestra The Great Northern Diver
1999 U of Ottawa Dept of Theatre original songs for Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan