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December 21, 2012

Advice for the Emerging Composer, Distilled

If you want to learn to compose, compose a piece of music. Don’t ask anyone how to do it. Look at other scores, write your best piece, FINISH IT and then get real human beings to perform it. You will learn more from that single experience than you ever will from a teacher.

October 25, 2009

Advice for the Emerging Composer: Competitions

Ah, composition competitions; there are hundreds, maybe thousands, every year, all over the world. Should you enter? Should you not? I’ve entered a lot of them over the years, and based on my personal experience the answer is yes.... continued

December 06, 2008

Advice for the Emerging Composer, Part I: Notation

I don’t believe there is a ‘correct’ way to compose, or even a ‘best’ way to compose. As a composer you’ve ultimately got to invent your own method – whatever it takes to get the sounds in your head onto the page. And there’s... continued

September 05, 2008

Advice for the Emerging Composer: A Forethought

All right…

I get a LOT of emails from emerging composers looking for advice, and I know exactly how they feel. When I first began writing I tried to talk with as many composers as possible, just begging for a single crumb of an... continued

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  • BRAVO to this teacher — and these students — doing anything they can to keep the flame alive.

    BRAVO to this teacher — and these students — doing anything they can to keep the flame alive.
  • A few weeks ago, Alta invited me to speak at Oakland University’s “Inspire the Choir” virtual conference, and from the moment I logged on the energy in the Zoom room was electric and infectious. She is doing such great work, inspiring her students and colleagues with her boundless passion for our shared choral art. THANK YOU, Alta, for keeping the flame alive.

    A few weeks ago, Alta invited me to speak at Oakland University’s “Inspire the Choir” virtual conference, and from the moment I logged on the energy in the Zoom room was electric and infectious. She is doing such great work, inspiring her students and colleagues with her boundless passion for our shared choral art. THANK YOU, Alta, for keeping the flame alive.
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    Los Angeles, Wednesday morning.
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    Los Angeles, Tuesday morning.
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    Los Angeles, Monday morning.