The Life Changing Power of Music – Commissioning New Music for Choir
We surveyed over 50 choir directors to find out what they wanted to know about the commissioning process. Among the many questions, the following is a list of the top three responses, in order of importance.
Top three things choir directors want to know about commissioning new music for their choir:
- What is involved in the process?
- How will the composer interact with me and my choir?
- What resources do I need to take part in a commission?
You can check out the original blog post here.
This post will show how choral music illustrates the life changing power of music.
Over 300 hours of video are added to YouTube every single day. This is a reminder that music is a living art form that is constantly being renewed and revitalized. Choral music is an integral part of creating that new music, and commissioning new music contributes not only to the community of the commissioner, but also to the worldwide community of choral musicians and audiences.
If we believe that music is a living artform then it stands to reason that the creation of new music is vital to its current and future health.xiv
A commission involves not only the roles discussed in Chapter 1, but also the larger community, and can even extend to the regional, national, and worldwide communities.
Board members, audience members, even the musicians can find themselves changed by being part of a commission.xv
When writing new music for a choir, the goal is to make that choir sound the best that it can. One of the greatest benefits to commissioning new music, is that you get to have a piece crafted to your artistic specifications and tailored to meet the strengths of your ensemble. It is possible that in doing this, the work may also meet the needs of other directors and choirs who are similarly situated.
With a new generation seeking out beautiful and unusual new sounds and experiences, audiences for new music have never been more enthusiasticxvi
Beyond that, classical music listeners have experienced the following benefits:
- Better sleep
- Increase life expectancy
- Less pain
- Brainpower boost
- Sharper memory
- Relieved anxiety
- Closer to others
- Higher productivity
- More relaxation
Check out all of the benefits of commissioning new music for choir.