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Horn Sonata Commissioning Consortium

French Horn and Piano Commissioning Consortium

The composition

I would like to compose a Sonata for Horn and Piano in memory of a dear friend and Horn player, David Baptist. The composition will be at an advanced college level.
Sonata will be in three movements and last about 10 minutes. The first movement is heroic, the second will be jazz influenced, and the last movement will be humorous. David was a very talented musician who had amazing credentials. If you would like to read about Dave, please go to If you would like to hear some of his Horn compositions, go to I am in the process of making Dave's music available commercially and I hope to have it available by the end of the year. I hope the piece will capture his friendly spirit and his sense of humor. Below are all three movements as I am ahead of the time-line. The first movement has been transposed down a whole step since this video was made.

Number of participants and cost

  • Cost of participation is $25 payable through GoFundMe
  • People can join the consortium at any time before October 15, 2018, which is the anticipated project completion date.
  • Each participant should make a commitment to perform the composition at least once during the year following the receipt of score and parts.
  • The score and parts will be delivered as PDF files.
  • Each participant will be listed on the composition as part of the consortium and will have local premiere rights.
  • After one year, the composition will be made available for purchase by the general public. The copyright will remain with Co-op Press.
  • Participants may submit a recording of their performance and be eligible to receive the $100 prize for the best recording submitted. In order for the prize to be awarded, a minimum of 2 submissions from different performers are needed .
  • It may be possible for Sy Brandon to attend your performance.
  • By October 15, 2018 - expression of interest using email link at the bottom of this page.
  • By October 15, 2018 - payment of $25 made through GoFundMe.
  • December 1, 2018 - composition emailed to participants
  • December 1, 2019 - Last date to submit a recording to be considered for the $100 prize

Participants as of 10/11/18:

James Boldin - University of Louisiana, Monroe
Erwin Chandler - Mohnton, PA
Patrice Chandler - Mohnton, PA
Benjamin Lieser - University of Central Florida
Ellie Jenkins - Dalton GA
Joseph Johnson - Augusta GA
Sarah Schouten - Edinboro, PA
Nancy Sullivan - Flagstaff, AZ

Promotion of the Commissioning Consortium
Please feel free to use news groups, forums, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin), and word of mouth to recruit participants.

Email us using the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of this page to express interest or to ask questions.