Yes, that's First Commission...NOT First Communion. Catholics get it. Anyway, I have indeed accepted my first commission! The Livingston County Chorale, Brighton, Michigan, under the direction of Kelli Falls, has commissioned me to compose/arrange three choral works. The first completed piece is My Lord, What a Morning, for SATB choir, divisi, Soprano and Baritone soloists, and piano. Kelli's accompanist is excellent, so I wrote a rather advanced piano part for her. Kelli wanted a "thick texture", so in much of the piece, the choir will be singing in 7-8 parts. I use Sibelius as my notation software, but during playback, it can only approximate the real thing, so I cannot wait to hear what Kelli, the choir and the accompanist will do with this piece! Luckily, there will be plenty of time to rehearse it before the spring concert...
Choir directors, pianists, organists, instrumentalists...consider commissioning me to compose a work for you or your ensemble!. I have written music for school and church choirs, brass quintets, woodwind quintets, handbell choirs, pianists, organists, and string/woodwind/brass players. From classical to jazz; from rock to country; from Contemporary Christian to Broadway - my creativity encompasses many differnt styles. If you're seeking an original work or an arrangement of an existing work for a musician or ensemble from beginner to advanced, contact me! On my website, anthonygiamanco.com, click on "MORE...", then click on "CONTACT". Let me know what you're looking for (style, theme, length, difficulty, instrumentation, text, etc.), and I'll get back to you regarding fees and other details, and I'll answer any questions you may have. Thanks for considering me for your next musical project!
Adam Tice is a gifted writer of hymn texts, which are published exclusively through GIA. I am fortunate to have collaborated with him on 5 or 6 choral pieces...so far. Our latest is Jesus, You Show Us the Way, an upbeat, rhythmic anthem for choir, assembly, piano and percussion. As a courtesy, before submitting any pieces on which I have collaborated with Adam, I always first send him the score. Knock on wood, he has never not approved of any piece I've submitted to him. We definitely have a good thing going! I love his texts, which are theologically rich, yet elegant and simple...but definitely not simplistic! His words inspire me to write my best music. You can't ask for a better collaboration than that. Adam's hymn text collections can be purchased through giamusic.com, including A Greener Place to Grow and Woven Into Harmony.
2017 has been quite a year... so far. My creative output has increased. I've begun studying orchestration. I've composed three string pieces, one for solo violin, one for violin and piano, and one for solo cello. I'm currently at work on a piece for string quartet. Not that writing for choir, piano, handbells, and organ have taken a back seat. Not at all. Although recently I have been focusing more on composing for choir than anything else. In fact, I just completed setting an original tune to a beautiful poem by Walter De La Mare, entitled Winter. It's for 3-part mixed choir and piano. A really nice piece for upper middle school and high school choral ensembles, especially those with boys' changing voices. The boy's/men's part encompasses only a 6th (F-D). Community choirs will also enjoy it. I'll let you know when it's published! I continue to collaborate with the gifted hymn writer Adam Tice. Our latest piece is Christ Calls to Me, currently being reviewed by the editorial team at GIA. My handbell music is being published more frequently now, primarily through Lorenz. Handbell choir directors can find my pieces in issues of Ring and Rejoice. Remember to check out easychoirmusic.com for more of my choral music. The latest, in time for Christmas, is called Mary Had a Baby, an arrangement of a Christmas spiritual for unison/2-part voices and piano. Great for a children's/youth choir, but also would appeal to a women's choir. Easy to learn and sounds great!