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Call for Scores: Pieces for SAB Choir

See-A-Dot Music Publishing is currently seeking new works for middle-school and junior high school choir to publish. See-A-Dot has taken an interest in curating a high quality collection of innovative and original choral works for SAB appropriate for younger voices, and we are also interested in introducing fun, exciting techniques to younger music students that can be included in a middle-school choir curriculum. We are looking for pieces that are: • Between 3-5 minutes long • Arranged for SAB choir • Appropriate for younger singers • No arrangements please Ideally, these pieces should be simple enough for middle-school singers to learn, but seeks to challenge them either through the subject material or the musical content. We are interested in publishing work that students can identify with,…

Competitions and Music Submissions for January 2017

Calls for scores and composer competitions are one of the few ways both emerging and established composers can receive recognition for their work. However, there are so many competitions, and many with submission fees, that it can seem overwhelming before you even dip your toe in. We here at See-A-Dot Music wish to alleviate that. Below are just a few of the calls and competitions that focus on new choral music, do not have submission fees, and are currently accepting scores. The Khorikos International New Music Competition NYC-based vocal ensemble Khorikos just put out information for the Ortus International New Music Competition, a competition calling strictly for new, mixed acapella work that is less than 15 minutes long. The group will select 10 new pieces to perform in…

To Publish or Not to Publish?

The answer, of course, is to publish! As a composer, you are sitting on a collection of potentially money-making assets and it is in your best interest to make them available to the public. The real question is whether or not you should self-publish or find a company to publish your music instead. To answer this question, it helps to understand what publishing entails so you know what characteristics you might look for in a potential third-party publisher, or what to expect if you are going to do the work yourself. The functions of a publisher are numerous, and to do it well can be expensive and time-consuming. Here are the 5 most important jobs for a publisher, and a self-publishing composer should be comfortable…

Music Without Words – An Exploration of the Voice

One of the biggest struggles I encounter in writing and programming choral music is finding adventurous and innovative work that doesn’t sacrifice accessibility and performability for avocational singers. One realm I’ve found particularly rich to explore is the intrinsic sound of the voice, exploring the color possibilities and techniques available to what might be the most versatile instrument available. This often takes the form of music without words, getting away from the concrete meaning inherent in lyrics, and putting focus on the diversity of sound instead. Many composers, like Meredith Monk and Toby Twining, have spent years working with the voice-as-instrument to critical acclaim. Groups like Roomful of Teeth have garnered as much commercial success as an avant-garde vocal ensemble could hope for with their…

5 Reasons Why Composers Should Conduct (And Conductors Should Compose!)

During my own career in the freelance music world, switching roles between performer, composer, and conductor has opened a diversity of opportunities I wouldn’t have dreamed. In a world that is increasingly emphasizing the importance of specialization, I’ve become an advocate for musicians being as versatile as possible in their creative work. At this year’s national ACDA convention I had the opportunity to sit on a panel with like minded artists including Karen Thomas, David Conte, Eric Banks, and Steven Sametz who have also not been content to put themselves in a single box. The panel was about ‘composers who conduct and conductors who compose’, and we had a fascinating discussion about the benefits and challenges of playing these dual roles and how it has…

Advice To Graduating Students

When I first graduated from college with a shiny new diploma and a solid musical foundation I did what most young artists do: work in a cafe. I had no idea how to take the next step in my career and spent many years trying to figure it out. Eventually I did and established a decent career as a freelance musician. It’s nearing the end of the school year, and for many that means an impending graduation followed by being flung into the ‘real’ world. Maybe that’s you, maybe it’s your students. Either way, here are some tips I’ve picked up over the years that I think will prove helpful for those about to engage in the world of professional vocal music as singers, conductors,…

The Boy Whose Father Was God

Performed five times by Chanticleer, March, 2011 “The individual voices—circling, crisscrossing—were so clear as to be tactile; you practically could trace them with your fingers” -The San Jose Mercury News The Boy Whose Father Was God was probably the most ambitious and most carefully constructed program that I ever produced. The idea was to tell the story of the most revolutionary of all historical figures, Jesus of Nazareth. My intent, however, was not to tell the story from a religious point of view (Jesus as God), but rather from a historical point of view (Jesus as Man). I soon discovered that this was going to be more difficult than I had expected, but I can say with absolute certainty that the hours of research, development…

See-A-Dot Music Publishing Presents Composers Showcase on April 19 at Judson Memorial Hall in Manhattan

What: See-A-Dot Music Publishing Composer Showcase When: Sunday, April 19 at 3 PM Where:  Judson Memorial Hall, 55 Washington Square South, New York NY See-A-Dot Music Publishing, Inc. will present a Composers Showcase and Concert for new music lovers, conductors, and choral professionals in the New York area. This event will feature music by Stephen Barr, Michael Conley, Carson Cooman, Ezra Donner, Rachel Fogarty, Harry Einhorn, Robin McClellan, Joe Rubinstein, Trevor Shaw,  and others. The vocal ensemble will be led by Fahad Siadat, the Director of See-A-Dot Music Publishing. This event is FREE for conductors and other choral professionals, and complimentary perusal scores will be available during the concert. Many of the composers will be present and there will be a reception following the concert where composers and conductors can meet. General admission…

ACDA Conference Edition

ACDA Conference Edition Confession: This is going to be my first ACDA National Conference. I’m feeling pretty excited about it and look forward to spending a week geeking out on my favorite subject with a bunch of people who love ensemble singing as much as I do. We’ve spent the last few months putting together a great exhibition space, preparing new scores, and selecting pieces for the reading session. I’m happy to say a good number of the composers we represent will also be in attendance; come and say hi to them as well. We’ll be featuring pieces especially suited to university and collegiate ensembles, community choirs, and professional groups including pieces for men’s, women’s, and mixed choir. And, of course, we’ll have plenty of…

Seeking professional singers for our 2015 catalog release concert (New York, NY)

See-A-Dot Music Publishing is seeking 12 professional choral singers (3 of each voice type) for its 2015 Catalog Release Concert! The ensemble will perform some of the best contemporary choral pieces from our recent catalog of work. The rehearsals and performance will be held in Manhattan and led by director Fahad Siadat. Auditions will be on Sunday February 22 from 3-6pm. The audition will consist of a sight-reading exercise and a prepared excerpt from one piece from the 2015 Catalog. Schedule: Friday 4/10 – 6pm to 9pm Saturday 4/11 – 4pm to 7pm Sunday 4/12 – 3pm to 6pm Friday 4/17 – 6pm to 9pm Saturday 4/18 – 10am to 1pm Sunday 4/19 – Concert at 3pm – call time 2pm (Judson Memorial Hall) Please,…

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