An exclusive look into Maria's compositional journey as it is being created with total artistic freedom
Credit listing on the published score and parts
See sketches of the composition as the piece unfolds and develops
Signed, matted original sketch page or a signed title page of the published score(See offers for details)
Personal calls with Maria as she updates you on the progress
of the piece (Commission Participant only)
A glimpse into a first rehearsal, either through video or by actually attending the rehearsal (See offers for details)
Participant offers are closing 11/1/09
About this project
The creation of a new piece is an unpredictable journey. The process
for discovering each piece is always different and unique in its own
Through this project, I would like to share this exhilarating
journey with you, inviting you to step inside my musical world as this
new piece unfolds. You will witness the work as it evolves from my
initial musical thoughts into to a full realized piece of music.
Along with access to exclusive conference calls and video updates,
in gratitude your name will be printed on the title page of the
finished score that will be used in performance by my band and
countless other bands and performances in perpetuity.
Traditional commissioned pieces can sometimes be restrictive if
they dictate length and form. The adventure of this project is that
this piece may take on any shape or form: You are allowing me total
artistic freedom to create and perfect a piece that has come straight
from the world of my imagination, so there are no limits. I am
dedicated to creating the best piece that I possibly can, so much so,
that if I create a piece and after performing it, I am not satisfied
with the result, I will begin again and write a new piece until I'm
There's a story in a collection of Zen writings called True
Friends: The story tells of two friends; one is a skillful harpist, the
other a skillful listener. They complement each other perfectly, and
one cannot seem to exist without the other. And so it goes with this
project–you play an equal part as the skillful listeners, my good
If it is your wish to become the sole commissioner of this piece,
you can do so by purchasing all four Commission Participant offers.
You can also split the commission with a friend (purchase two offers
each) or just purchase one of the four commission openings and
experience this adventure with other like minded music lovers. Once
the commission slots are filled the project will be open for
participation to Score and Parts Participants who can pre-order scores
for future performances of the piece commissioned by you.
Depending what level you join in at, there are offers ranging from:
personal phone calls with updates from Maria, to video updates, to
having your name (or a dedication) inscribed on the title page of the
printed music, or your name listed as a participant on the final page
of the published score and individual parts, invites to, or video of
the first rehearsal, to video of discussions with the musicians playing
this work, to being my guest at the first performance.
You can also email me with questions about my creative process and this piece; I am picking a selection of questions to answer in the form of streaming video segments that are made available to all participants.
This project has a definite time span: The offers are closing on November 1st. At this point, the score and parts will be moved to the store of my score and parts project with only select pieces of project experience videos.
I invite you to share this journey with me and to watch a new composition unfold!