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About

Imagine: piano pieces that teach awareness of endangered species as they teach music. Currently I have available piano music for six species. Unfortunately, there's room for many more.
For this project I will orchestrate the existing six pieces to provide accompaniment for the solo piano parts. This will provide young students an opportunity to perform easy piano pieces with an orchestra. Imagine a music competition somewhere as a fundraiser for the various endangered species organizations: the winners get to perform with a full orchestra! For everyone else, the optional (synthesized) orchestral accompaniments will be available for download.
All existing and subsequent music is and will be made available royalty free for copying and performing per Creative Commons standards as described on my website. It will take up to four months for all six orchestrations of the music to be completed and made available on the website. NOTE: provision is made at the $1,000 pledge level for you to select another species to be included. Up to four more new pieces can be included in the four months' time line; additional selections may require additional time outside of the promised four month period.

Thus the project's four-month objective is
Six to ten easy piano pieces with orchestral accompaniment, each one related to an endangered plant, animal, bird or insect. An additional arrangement of an existing orchestration will be made for piano four hands, advanced difficulty level. All music is free for private and commercial use; sheet music, orchestral parts, and synthesized recordings of accompaniment will be accessible on my website.


http://www.OrfeoMusic.org/endangered_species_songbook.htm
On that page is the piano sheet music and sample audio, as well as one orchestrated piece, "Dance of the Siberian Cranes," to be arranged for piano, four hands. Additional pages on the website include other music works as well as biographical information.
I currently reside in China, not far from the Winter home of the Siberian cranes. I am teaching Performance Arts.

Risks and challenges

The risk is quite simple: I may not complete the project. This is a risk that exists in any venture. However, I do have a proven successful track record, am in excellent health, and am powerfully motivated to make a difference for myself and for the world.
The challenge is to balance this work with my teaching. This project allows me to shift from time spent soliciting students and lecture opportunities, which serves a few for a short time, to focus instead on creating new music, which will serve many for a long time to come.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Personalized autographed copy of the sheet music of the existing six songs sent to you as a PDF. You tell me who it is for, and I will write it in and scan the copy for you! An excellent holiday music gift for kids. - NOTE: Hopefully pledging will complete quickly so gifts can be sent before Valentine’s Day!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    As in Reward #1, plus you get a two minute improv of personalized one-of-a-kind new age music that musically describes the person you are giving the music to. You will get the music as in #1, and I will also give you a link to the .WAV file of the improv. An excellent music gift for kids of all ages.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Do you know of an endangered animal, plant or insect whose cause is dear to your heart? At this level, you get all as in Reward #2, plus you get to select the next endangered species to be included in the songbook! You can also choose a name (yours by default) to be included on the song's page: "For Stanley" (if your name is Stanley). - NOTES: if more than four pledge at this level, I may add to the project after the original four months' project is completed (a total of ten species plus the 11th--the piano version of the Siberian Cranes). - Pledges at this level will take precedence over the existing six piano pieces, but all will be completed within the four month time frame. - Depending on timing, your new song may not be completed by February 14, 2012.

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