Performance Commissions

Performance Commission Consortia
A Performance Commission Consortium is a way for a group of musicians to have me compose a composition for a specific instrumentation and difficulty level in exchange for the promise of a performance of the new work. Suggestions for consortia a welcomed at any time. Solo, chamber, and large ensemble works are all possible and difficulty level can be from elementary through professional.
How to Suggest a Consortium
If you have an idea for a Performance Commission Consortium, please email me using the contact link in the menu bar. Please include the following:

Instrumentation for the proposed piece
Difficulty level of the proposed piece
Any special characteristics, style, theme, etc. for the proposed piece
Date that you would like the piece completed by

I will then communicate with you regarding my thoughts on your suggestion and if I accept the idea, you will then need to follow through on the suggester responsibilities that are listed next.
Suggester Responsibilities
In order for me to proceed with the composition, we would need a minimum of 3 participants in the consortium. There is no cost to participate, just a promise to perform the composition within a year of receiving the PDF file of the music. The suggester should use social media and  personal contacts to spread the word regarding the consortium. I will work with the suggester to provide possible contacts for spreading the word and the wording of the post.
Benefits of Participation
Have a composition written to meet the participants' needs and to be a part of the creative process.

The participants will have premiere rights to the composition for one year following the completion date.

The participants will receive interaction with the composer via email and Sy Brandon's Composing Insights blog.
Responsibilities of the Participants
Premiere the composition within one year of the date of completion.

Notify the composer of additional performances.

Send a copy of the printed program for all performances.

Provide me with a rehearsal recording of the composition at least two weeks prior to the premiere performance for the composer's input.

Provide me with a recording of the performance within three months of the premiere.

Promote the premiere in the media.
Past Commissioning Consortia
Adventures for Tuba and Prerecorded Sounds
Antics for Elementary Band
High Desert Apparitions for Soprano Saxophone and Piano
Bandscapes for Band
Chorale Preludes for Flute Choir
Divertimento for Woodwind Trio/Quartet
Emoticons for Tuba/Euphonium Quartet
Intermezzi for Euphonium and Piano
Inventions for Brass Trio
Lexicon II for Brass Quintet
Melting Pot Overture for Middle School Band
Movie Music for Flexible Instrumentation Trio
Neverland for Wind Quintet
Pinocchio Portraits for Brass Quintet
Sonata for Horn and Piano
Sonatina for any solo wind or brass instrument
Spectrum Suite for Alto Saxophone and Tuba
Tweets for Small High School Band
Wonderland for flexible instrumentation quartet/quintet
Three Animations for Tuba and Piano
Travelogue for Wind Quintet


I am pleased to announce that my composition "Lexicon II" for brass quintet was selected to be recorded by the University of Kentucky Brass Quintet. It was one of eight compositions selected from over 200 hundred entries. The recording will occur during the summer of 2020.

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