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2012 Commission Project Results & Experiences?

Remember the special Commission Project of 2012?  http://www.choralnet.org/400094
 
As far as I know, ten composers were commissioned to write one or more pieces for the choirs which engaged them.  If you were one of those ten, would you be willing to share your experiences with that project here?    
 
A question for all:  Do you think it would be worthwhile to try such a project again?  (We had considered making it an annual activity.)  I can't volunteer to coordinate it this time; someone else would have to take it on if enough composers are interested.  Just thought it was time that we all consider the idea once again, or maybe one of you has an even better idea for a special project for 2014? 
 
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on March 5, 2014 2:14pm
Hi all!
 
I was lucky enough to get two commissions but I am sorry to say that the choirs did not perform the pieces.
Still the actual project made me compose these pieces and I am quite happy about that anyway.
I do think that having this as an annual activity is an great idea and I do thank You Julia for coordinating this the first time!
 
All the Best
 
Mårten Jansson
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on March 5, 2014 2:56pm
I was one of the composers who was commissioned via the Commission Project.
 
The choir director of the American International School in Dalian, China, asked for a piece that used the words of a well-known Chinese children's song set to new music for the high school choir.  This morphed into using that text translated into all the languages spoken by the students at the school -- 9 in all -- and incorporating both K-8 and high school choirs.
 
We used Skype several times to share ideas, and also as part of the broadcast journalism class (I was "interviewed" by several students for the class).  The resulting piece, "Planting the Sun," was performed first at the all-school International Day celebration on April 15, 2013, and later at the music department spring concert in May.
 
I think it was a wonderful experience for all concerned, and I would gladly participate again.
 
Lana Mountford
Bellingham, WA
 
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on March 6, 2014 6:36am
I also received two commissions through the project and thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience! Unfortunately, one of the groups that I wrote for was a small community choir in Ohio that ended up disbanding prior to the scheduled performance of my piece.  I have since had the work recorded by Matt Curtis of ChoralTracks (I'll post the link below) and have had some other directors show interest in the piece.  Still, it is unfortunate to put so much time into a piece specifically for a choir that never performs it. 
 
 
The second group (a church choir in Georgia) is set to perform their commissioned piece this spring.  I'm very excited to hear how it works for them.  
 
I certainly would participate in something like this again.  My only suggestion would be to not limit it to groups that have never commissioned a composer before.  Groups that have commissioned composers are likely more established choirs, and it is my belief that we might have better luck actually getting the 'guaranteed performances' with more established choirs.  
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on March 6, 2014 9:36am
As one who received no offers from this, I'd like to see it run once again.
 
Robert A.M. Ross
robertamross@verizon.net
Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
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on March 6, 2014 10:25am
It was a great initiative: I too was one of the unlucky ones who didn't get any offers, but still I'd like to see it repeated. I'm inclined to agree with Dustin about including choirs who have previously commissioned pieces, though this may cause the hackles to rise in those of our colleagues who rely on paid commissions as their source of income. 
I'd be interested to know what others think..
Gordon, UK
www.newcarols.com
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