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This Project funds the composition/publication of music for guitar ensemble. The music will be FREE to ensembles anywhere.

In the last 30 years the interest in and study of the classical guitar has grown tremendously in North America. Over 1900 colleges and universities now offer classical guitar instruction - a 300% increase in that time. Now guitar programs in the high-schools and middle schools are expanding rapidly and most have full enrollments. Many more young players are being introduced to great music through this beautiful instrument. 

In these pre-college settings learning through guitar ensemble is a necessity. Not many composers know how to write effectively for guitar ensemble. Music written SPECIFICALLY for guitar ensemble and not transcribed from music written for other instruments is rare. Music written with sensitivity to the artistic development of the young player is even more rare. This project will provide FREE performance music to intermediate and advanced high-school and college level guitar ensembles.

I am a composer-in-residence for The Childbloom Company, which provides curriculum for guitar instructors and associated guitar ensembles around the country. This project will enable public and private schools around the U.S.  - or anybody - to obtain performance works, specifically for guitar ensemble, written with artistic craft and with the sensibilities of young people in mind. Through this project, you will enable these schools to obtain these works FREE OF CHARGE. The Childbloom Company has supported this project and will post the PDFs of the full score and parts on its website when they are complete.

These works will also be posted on www.Soundcloud,com as midi files as they are completed. Backers will receive the links to the sound files. If we receive enough funds over what we request, we will produce a video of a “Bella Corda” Guitar Ensemble (the students playing in the video) performing them and broadcast the performances so music directors and other interested parties can select the ones they like.

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    A personal email of appreciation from the composer (as soon as your email is known) and a first-link to the midi-files of the dances when they are completed.

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    Your name (or the name of your reasonable choice) as a donor on the last page of every full score published.

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    Free "Gypsy Teens" CD (music performed by Austin Bella Corda Guitar Ensemble). For Backers outside the U.S. please add $10 for shipping.

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    An autographed hard-copy of one work sent to you and a "Gypsy Teens" CD.

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    A private lesson with the composer/teacher in Austin, Tx., an autographed hard-copy of one work and a "Gypsy Teens" CD.

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    A dedication of one of the works to you or yours plus all of the above.

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    A performance of "Austin Bella Corda" and the "Young Performing Artist Soloists" anywhere in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth or within a day's drive of Austin.

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    A dedicated 3-5 minute composition for three or more guitars and/or other instruments as a "work made for hire" (that means you own it). It would be done with consultation with the Backer as to technical level and instrumentation.

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