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Advice for a novice choral composer?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Austin Kobylarczyk Aug 12. 10 Replies

So my school is trying out a new program this year based off of a suggestion I brought forward, by starting a jazz choir. I figured I'd help cement it a little bit by bringing some arrangements and…Continue

Howdy!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Werner Aug 12. 1 Reply

The name's Austin, and I'm here to learn as much about composing as I can. Music has recently become a huge part of my life, ad I don't want that to end when I graduate, so I'm learning whatever I…Continue

 

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Austin Kobylarczyk replied to Austin Kobylarczyk's discussion Advice for a novice choral composer?
"Hi Claude, Thanks for the vote of confidence in the ending! I'm not entirely sure about splitting the parts, as the unison gimmick was kind of what I was going for, but rest assured that I'll test it out and get some feedback from…"
Aug 12
Austin Kobylarczyk replied to Austin Kobylarczyk's discussion Advice for a novice choral composer?
"Hi Bob, For right now I have staccatos in the notation software to get the right kind of sound, just for playback purposes. I'm planning on going over the piece with the vocalists to see if that notation is right for the piece or not. Thanks…"
Aug 12
Austin Kobylarczyk replied to Austin Kobylarczyk's discussion Advice for a novice choral composer?
"Jon, Thank you for the reminder. I'm kind of embarrassed that I didn't consider putting expression marks and dynamics in at first, and I ran to do so when I read your comment. So far for the ending, I'm planning on doing two different…"
Aug 12
Austin Kobylarczyk replied to Austin Kobylarczyk's discussion Advice for a novice choral composer?
"Hi Gav, The piece is meant to feel a bit more pop-rock like than jazz, just for variety's sake, because the other songs we've put together are arrangements of jazz classics and standards. I'm not entirely certain if it's complete…"
Aug 12
Austin Kobylarczyk replied to Austin Kobylarczyk's discussion Advice for a novice choral composer?
"Thanks! I wasn't entirely sure how to end the piece, because I'm not exactly familiar with a lot of choral work, but I'll definitely take that into consideration. In the end, I think it's going to be decided by the singers and…"
Aug 12
Claude Werner replied to Austin Kobylarczyk's discussion Advice for a novice choral composer?
"Ha! It's brilliant, I must disagree with some of fellow composers about the ending. Any longer and it would sound like it's taking itself too seriously. However, may I recommend that you split the tenors and basses from the altos and…"
Aug 12
Claude Werner replied to Austin Kobylarczyk's discussion Howdy!
"Hi Austin and welcome! Feel free to post some of your music that you'd like to share..."
Aug 12
Bob Porter replied to Austin Kobylarczyk's discussion Advice for a novice choral composer?
"I like the ending. Fun and unexpected. This is not a serious traditional piece. I get it. There's only one place where underscores might be needed. Not a big deal. You mix up staccato and short notes. This can be a problem in notation software…"
Aug 10
Jon Corelis replied to Austin Kobylarczyk's discussion Advice for a novice choral composer?
"It's a nice catchy tune, but I agree that the ending is too abrupt.  It needs some kind of conventional ending marker, like slowing the tempo and/or raising the voices. The notation needs work.  There should be dynamics and preferably…"
Aug 9
Gav Brown replied to Austin Kobylarczyk's discussion Advice for a novice choral composer?
"Hi Austin, There is nothing wrong with your tune, although it strikes me more as rock than jazz. Is this the complete piece? It seems to end rather abruptly. Gav"
Aug 9
Stephen Lines replied to Austin Kobylarczyk's discussion Advice for a novice choral composer?
"Hi Austin, Thanks for posting, I've briefly looked over the score and like it very much - good fun to sing. Maybe (just maybe) for completion sake you could add a bar at the end with a slow sliding 'Doo-wah' Best, Stephen"
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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Jazz Big Band
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Wisconsin
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I'm currently a high school student, and I'm looking to keep music a big part of my life after school. Currently I'm pretty much just an arranger, but I'm taking my first steps into composition, and I figured that finding a place to get good feedback would help me improve by leaps and bounds. I'm afraid I may not be very helpful with responses just yet, unless there are questions about what some specific instruments do, but I'm looking forward to the day I can contribute knowledge of my own!

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At 11:59pm on August 8, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Austin!

 
 
 

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