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Calling All Composers

I am in the process of putting together a community choir that will give benefit concerts throughout the year for various charities and missions. We already have around 20 members and growing and are planning for our first benefit concert to be sometime in November, however we have no music and no money to purchase it with. If anyone has a piece that they would like to give exposure to, I can't pay for it but we're willing to sing it and make special note in the program that the use of the music was made possible by a generous composer and hopefully get your name out there. Thanks, Clay Oglesby.
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on May 18, 2010 12:34pm
I, too, conduct a community chorale. We started with about 30 members and now have over 110 enthusiastic singers that meet every Tuesday evening. The Sno-King Community Chorale has a wonderful Website, please check us out:
Also, I am a publisher. Sound Music Publications offers a wide variety of choral literature for concert and jazz choirs.
We would like to donate a choral selection to you and your group . I fully understand your situation and would like to help you out but presenting you with a selection of your choice. Go to our Website;  you will ber able to listen to and find a selection that will fit your programming, email me with your address and we will send you the selection of your choice. This being our donation to you and your Chorale as you proceed on your journey to making wonderful music for a great cause.
Frank     Frank(a)      (425) 771-0824
on May 18, 2010 1:49pm
What a lovely gesture!   I've retired after 55 years of school/church/community chorus work but I will take every opportunity to recommend Sound Music Publications to others in the field!  Wish I had known about you back in "those days".
Fred Wygal
Conductor Emeritus
The Reston Chorale
on May 18, 2010 5:51pm
Frank and Dean: Thank you so much for your generosity, I really can not thank you enough for what you are doing for the choir. I really didn't get my hopes up at getting any replies to this post and the two of you have shown me that there are people out there who are willing to help out for a good cause.

Fred: I will also take every opportunity to recomment Sound Music Publications and Dean Rishel to every conductor who's looking for music.

on May 19, 2010 4:13am
I would be glad to send you a piece. Please let me know what kinds of pieces you are looking for and the difficulty level that you anticipate the ensemble to be able to handle. You can reply here or to my specific email through ChoralNet.
on May 19, 2010 4:38am
What a good idea and wish you the best.  I have several anthem possibilities for you to consider if you will provide your contact info.  Thanks.
Bill Sherrill
on May 19, 2010 7:16am
 Hi Clay,
I, too, would be more than willing to donate works to your mission.  Please feel free to browse through my publishing company's website,, and let me know what piece(s) are of interest to you and your organization.
Grace & Peace,
Paul A. Aitken, Composer/Conductor
Director of Music Ministry
Cathedral of the Rockies
Boise, Idaho
on May 19, 2010 8:45am
If you will send me an  e-mail with the difficulty, style, and subject I will share with you.
Jeromne Malek
on May 19, 2010 8:54am
If anything catches your fancy, let me know at MusicCndctr(a) I have some pieces that only I myself have performed and would appreciate the exposure you are offering.
on May 19, 2010 11:08am
 Hello, Clay,
  Congratulations!  Bless your heart!  And there is also a part of me that can hardly resist welcoming you into the distinguished 'company of nutsoids' of which I am also a member (those who conduct community choirs).  There is absolutely NOTHING like it.
  I would be delighted to provide an original composition from the repertoire of the community choir I conduct here in Victoria, BC.  I'd appreciate some direction from you with respect to the 'feel'  of this November event for the singers and your audience.  Is there something you desire to say?  Is there a message you desire to convey?  Do you have a sense of the spirit you dream for the event?
  Your responses to these questions will assist me.
  Please, when your time permits, visit for more information about this community choir.
  I look forward to hearing from you.
Blessings and thanks,
Louise Rose
And Frank DeMiero really is the 'real deal'.
on May 19, 2010 11:37am
Hi Clay,
I have several original pieces which might interest you. The first is a brand new world style choral piece I finished this month called "World of Many Colors". It was written with an Indian/middle eastern style. Our choir performed it last week for our Spring Concert and they really enjoyed singing it.

Number 2 is a song called "Shake This World" which is perfect for any community events or causes which promote positive change. It features a solo (or shared solo) with SATB choir. Our community choir performed this piece for MLK Jr day last year. It is exciting and positive.

Number 3 is a piece called "Magnify!" which is a challenging, yet accessible SAATB anthem with optional solo. It can be performed a capella if desired. The style is good-feeling Spiritual meets Brahms and was performed with an extremely rousing response from the audience in our last concert.

Please contact me for pdf charts and (audio demo if you desire) at slbigger(a)
on May 20, 2010 3:38am
Hello, Clay,
If you feel like it, have a look at our site at - the service has been created with exactly this idea of choirs on a very low/non-existent budget, and it also features living composers and arrangers. Please get back to me via email (I do not regularly browse the messages here, not enough time for it, so I might miss a reply of yours this way) and let me know if anything listed there would be of higher interest. Maybe I can work something out as a help for your choir...

Good luck in any case, and kind regards,
on May 20, 2010 5:09pm
If there are pieces of mine you like and if they are the pieces I have controle over the distribtion, I am happy to donate it.
on May 21, 2010 3:28pm
Hello Clay,
You will find my compositions at, at my site that is hosted there.  They are free.  However, I do retain copyright. Nevertheless, all I ask is that if you are using any of my pieces you send me an email, giving details of when where the performance will take place.  I ask this so that I can record the performance in my archives.  (The icing on the cake would be if afterwards, you would kindly let me know how your choristers and audience responded.)
on May 24, 2010 6:43am
Good Morning Clay:  I knew I was keeping this Choralnet for some reason and finally got back to it today.  It looks like you have had some hits on your wonderful offer.  If you are still looking or collecting scores. please let me know.  I have a couple of unpublished pieces I would like to have sung.  You can find me at  You can also listen to some other works.
Thanks for this offer.
Tom Council
on May 24, 2010 9:33am
Hi Clay, I'm a composer in Minneapolis and have written commissions for choirs across the country.  I have two sweet little canons to offer your chorus if you're interested.  They usually sell for $1/copy, but I am moved by your concept of using choral music to inspire social awareness and would like to donate to you.
Please let me know which you'd like (or both) and how many to send:
1)  "Be Like the Bird"  -- 5 pt canon, text by Victor Hugo
2)  "Table Grace" -- 4-8 pt canon ("Hunger of the world, when we ask a grace...")
on May 25, 2010 12:34pm
Hey: anyone who has replied to this post recently, I'm sorry I haven't contacted you yet but I've been having internet issues and hopefully will send you a message sometime tonight. Those I have replied to, my e-mail has changed I will send you the new one as soon as possible. Thank you all so much, sorry for the confusion.
on May 27, 2010 6:36pm
Hello Clay,
Congratulations, wonderful endeavour!
Here is a great piece my husband arranged from a Zulu song:
If you need help with the pronunciation, here is an mp3 file with the pronunciation of the words in Isizulu:
The only condition for using it is to please let us know if you will perform it.
Thanks so much!
p.s. The piece is available to any other choir for the same conditions.
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