Compostion & Arranging

How I work

(Use the form at the bottom of this page to request a quote)

My policy for creating commissions is designed to insure accountability, satisfaction, and expediency for all involved parties. Here's how it works:

  • 25% of payment upfront (detailed invoice will be provided)
  • I send a MIDI audio file and a 1-page proof of the work product 5 days prior to the due date, at which point reasonable requests for revisions can be made.
  • Remaining 75% of payment due at delivery. (Past-due payments will incur a weekly fee of 25% of original quote.)

Considerations (be ready to discuss):

  • Will it be attributed, or anonymous?
    • if anonymous, we will negotiate a reasonable anonymity fee based on your situation and distribution intentions.
  • Are any players requesting a feature?
  • What type of orchestration? Is it a standard ensemble, or something out of the ordinary? 
  • If the source work already exists, who owns the copyright?
  • If you are requesting an original composition (i.e., "from scratch"), what distribution and ownership rights are you hoping for? In general, more ownership for you = higher rate.



I calculate my pricing based on a combination of the current federal minimum wage, materials costs (tech, reference material, etc) & industry standard rates for the type of work requested.

My base pricing is $20 per hour of work.

Your quote may vary depending on factors such as ensemble size, project timeline, and distribution intentions. 

Example Breakdown:

A 3-minute orchestration or arrangement of a piano score for symphony orchestra:

Average worktime per measure for 80-piece orchestra, incl. editing/parts: 45 min

Minimum number of hours to complete a 3-minute symphonic arrangement: 24 work hours (24 hrs x $20/hr = $480)

Rush job fee (10 days or less): $150

Total: $630

This breakdown reflects industry standard rates. 

Use the form below to request a quote.