The Spotlight on You- Upload New Works
Date: August 14, 2014
I have started submitting my Spotlight articles for the front page of ChoralNet. Though there are some gems in the Showcase that have not been featured, I need more works to choose from. If I am going to be able to effectively advocate for our community I need more new material to present to ChoralBlog readers.
If there are four or more new works uploaded by Wednesday, August 20 one of them will be featured on Sunday August 24. Now is your chance to have people notice what you do!
Insight into what I look for in order of importance:
1. Is the piece marketable to a broad audience?
2. Is there a recording of some kind? A real recording is preferred, a Matt Curtis or similar virtual recording second and lastly a virtual recording. If there is no recording, it is unlikely I will feature it.
3. Is there a significant portion of the work available in the PDF? If major transitions are missing it is less likely I will feature it.
4. Is it for something other than SATB? Because we have less of this repertoire, it is the first place I look. Plenty of SATB works get featured as well.
5. Is it interesting to a specific audience or for a specific theme or liturgical celebration? Sometimes a niche audience is better.
6. Do I think the work is approachabe by the apparent target choir type?
7. Do I think the writing is well crafted?
8. Is it a piece not published by a large company? (Exception: I would love to feature a piece that is also available on JWPepper's or Sheet Music Plus' eprint service for composers. Let me know if any of your works that have not received a Silver Platter are also available there. Traditionally published pieces may be featured but they are ususally farther down the food chain.
Notice that the marketability is number one. It may include all of the other factors but I look for pieces that will be enjoyed by directors, choirs and their audiences.
If you are at your maximum Showcase entries and want to swap out a work, just message me which one to remove.
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