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  • Guest conducting
  • Keynotes
  • Interest sessions
  • Clinics
  • Reading sessions
  • Masterclasses
  • Composer residencies

Additional opportunities for interaction vary according to the needs of the choir and the availability of the composer.

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Interaction Between the Composer, Commissioner, Conductor, Choir, and Community

There are two types of interaction with a living composer:

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Formal interactions require a much larger amount of planning, energy, and resources because they most often involve the composer traveling to the location of the choir. The biggest benefit of the formal interaction is that it is an in-the-flesh experience, where all of the people who have a role in the project come together to create something new.


One-time guest rehearsals between the composer and the choir.  These involve the choir performing and the composer responding to and shaping the choir’s performance.

Composer Residencies

Extended periods of interaction that can range from several days to up to a year where the composer works repeatedly with the choir, including possible keynotes and composition masterclasses.

Guest Conducting

When the composer is invited to conduct the premiere of a performance or a group of works centered around a specific theme, genre, or composer.

Guest Appearances

The composer attends a performance without any musical responsibilities.  This often involves a meet and greet after the concert, or a reception to meet important contributors to the project.

Key Notes

Talks from 30-90 minutes, centered around a specific theme.

Example keynote topics:

  • Creativity
    • The Anatomy of Creativity: From Inspiration to Publication
    • The Power of Story: Text, Meaning, and Music Making
  • Composition
    • Dynamic Collaborations: The Process of Collaborating with a Composer
    • Creating the Resources You Need: Funding Collaborations and Commissions
    • Composer Masterclasses
  • Conducting/Performance/Rehearsal Technique
    • Your Perfect Choir: Turning Your Vision into Reality
    • The Integral Choral Conductor: Developing Choral Artistry
    • Empowering Ensembles: Peer Modeling & Peer Leadership in the Rehearsal Setting
    • Starting Where You Are: The Inspired Conductor


Informal interactions are much easier to plan because they require less planning and resources, as they can take place virtually.

Virtual Clinics

These usually take place via Skype, Facetime, or Google Hangout.  They are usually 25-50 minutes in length and focus around a specific piece or musical idea.

Social Media

These are opportunities to share rehearsals and performances with the composer online as well as live streaming options, with which the composer can interact in real time.


Emails allow the opportunity for groups to interact, even when their schedules may not align. It also allows both parties the opportunity to have time to respond.

Phone Calls

Phone calls, with or without video, are an easy way to say hello, ask a question, or have a brief interaction.

The most important thing to remember is that collaboration will take place as part of the process. The composer responds to your vision and translates that into musical ideas. Additional opportunities for collaboration are based on your schedule and resources.

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It's easier than ever to collaborate with a composer . . .

The process begins with your vision for the collaboration.
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