| How to Commission a New Work
Adding musical works to the choral repertory is an exciting activity for any organization. The
creation of new music is vital to the continuing evolution of musical style and content. The
process of commissioning a new work can be intimidating, but perhaps the following
guidelineswill be useful in getting a better idea of what's involved in the process.
- Consider length of work, accompaniment, difficulty level, possible part division, date needed for first
rehearsal, inscription on title page, and general mood (celebratory, etc.)
- Contact the composer.
- Confirm aspects of the contract, including information discussed with the composer relative to length,
due date, accompaniment, fee, and so on.
- The cost is based on length of work and instrumentation (unaccompanied, piano,
brass/percussion/organ, orchestra, etc.). Every project is different...each project is given a custom quote
according to individual contract.
- The commissioning fee is normally paid at the project's completion, but a nominal deposit is usually
- The time period for completion of a shorter work is typically about 3-6 months. Quotes for completion
date for larger works are available on a custom basis, depending largely on schedule and other
obligations. Rush projects are normally available...just ask if you're in a pinch.
- Commissioning fees vary. I realize that commissioning a new work in this difficult economy is tough
for most organizations. Don't let fear of the unknown deter you from inquiring. A successful
commission is more within reach than you realize!
Mandatus - Midwest
Double Reed Society
In Tempore - Antioch
- Cappella Cantorum
Te Deum - William Baker
Ubi Caritas - Indiana State
University Concert Choir
Rejoice! Our Saviour Is
Born - Cappella Cantorum
Amens and Hallelujahs
- Grace United Methodist
In Quiet Layers of Night
- The University of Kansas
and the William Baker
A Festival For Christmas
- William Baker Choral