Here are a few of the forms Diane's commissions have taken:
The grown children of a loved one honoring their parent's life of service
A work celebrating an anniversary of an ensemble or organization
A narrated piece
A choral setting of a text
A building dedication
A dual band/choral piece, or a “mass band” piece for combining many grade levels in a finale of a concert
A theme song for a church Missions Conference
An Alma Mater for a school that didn't have one
A piece featuring a talented musician, guest artist or a strong section in ensemble
A wedding song – (imagine one made just for your wedding!)
A song celebrating a retirement
A chamber work for a woodwind quintet or small ensemble
Do you have a strong trumpet player, or example, or a section you would like to feature in a piece?
Diane was commissioned by the Fort Wayne Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. The new choral work was premiered May 7, 2022 by the Ft. Wayne Children's Choir’s Youth Chorale.
Every ensemble and organization has its own unique parameters, so we work with each organization's budget considerations.
Our goal is to provide directors and ensembles with an excellent piece of music and the opportunity to interact with a living composer throughout the creation process.
With a commissioned piece, music making and friendship-building combine into lasting memories for an ensemble.
For choral works, Diane is comfortable writing lyrics and also with setting existing text.
A Typical Commission Includes
1. An initial consultation on your vision and purpose for the piece, and specifics on your ensemble to be aware of. The desired length of the piece is also determined.
2. Timely writing that meets your schedule and deadlines.
3. Opportunities to interact with the composer through the writing process. This might take the form of Zoom/Skype interaction or a live call with Diane to give students a glimpse into the writing process and a chance for them to ask questions. If locality permits this can be done by a “composer visit” during a rehearsal , which is even better!
4. Communication with the commissioning entity/ensemble director during the writing process.
5. The commissioning ensemble/organization will receive a full score and parts. The piece will have commission language bearing the name of your ensemble and director and the occasion of the commission permanently appearing under the title.