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WHO WE ARE

For seven years Composers’ Choir has made it easy to create premium recordings for composers around the world. These have been sent to publishers and been part of winning composition competition submissions. The recordings have also been sent to just under 140 conductors who asked for our recordings for consideration in programming. They have been posted around the internet and have been played on over 40 radio stations.

To get a piece or pieces recorded, first send a PDF or PDF’s and I’ll give you a price quote. You and I talk directly about every facet of the project. You will not be dealing with marketers haggling prices or other people talking indirectly with you about artistic possibilities. After we record and post produce, I’ll send you a wave or a CD. Then we will talk during the post production to create the final rendition.

You can read what people have to say about working with us in the quotes below, and you can hear what we can do for you by listening to the music samples on the right. It would be my pleasure to record your music. Hope to hear from you soon!

Daniel Shaw, Founder and Artistic Director

  • Katherine Hoover

    I am very pleased with the performance of my “Echo” by Dan Shaw and the Composers’ Choir. The session was both serious and pleasant, and the final recording is one I am proud to play.
  • David Solomons

    The clarity and the excellent balance have truly done my music justice. These performances are excellent and help other choirs wishing to perform these works.  It also provides a great opportunity to hear interpretations from elsewhere in the world. The internet means never having to say "It's too far away".
  • Jennifer Tibbetts

    The singing and musicianship is of the highest caliber. What a joy to work with such a fine group! I highly recommend The Composers' Choir. Thank you Dan!
  • Peter Dayton

    Composers' Choir made my large-scale choral piece beautiful and professional. It will be very helpful in pitching the piece to potential performers.
  • Richard Lake

    Composer's Choir recorded nine of my pieces. The music was well rehearsed, and performed with care and sensitivity.
  • Erik Contzius

    My experience with the Composers' Choir was excellent and the recording quality was terrific. I am certain to engage the Composers' Choir again!
  • Christopher Hoh

    The performance was musical, the diction clear and the sound quality excellent.  Dan was easy to work with, professional and responsive.
  • Jacob Reed

    The Composer's Choir delivered a high quality product both in performance and recording. Working with Dan was easy and enjoyable.  
  • Ted Vives

    Thank you again for the outstanding job you and the Composers Choir did on the recordings. It has really paid off.    

Ted_VivesCongratulations to Composers Choir client Ted Vives who won the American Prize in Composition (Choral Division) with Castrovalva, Lux Aeterna, and Gloria, three pieces he recorded with us in 2010.

Castrovalva – Ted Vives

Timothy Lee MillerCongratulations to Composers Choir client Timothy Lee Miller whose THE GARDEN OF DREAMS was awarded as winner in the Intermediate division of the 2011 International Prize for Excellence in Music Composition Competition.

 

The Garden of Dreams – Timothy Lee Miller

2 weeks ago

Composers' Choir

I tried today to get my improv for Do Not Stand to repeat itself because I thought it was a good model and I couldn't get this to work at all. Irritation!

At first I tried it today a cappella; then when I remembered I was going to try piano and choir things got much better. There is a texture / structure of low piano octaves moves, choir moves, low octaves, choir moves that I developed in college and never used in a piece that I shared with anyone. I think I can steal that from myself and use it hear. The piano liberates the choir quite a bit and I was finding I could be more "abstract" for lack of a better word and come up with moves that are more creative and less cliche. I don't want a piece that sounds generic pretty.

Piano also pulls me %100 away from the version of the setting I know, and that's very important too.

Tomorrow I'm going to see if I can put more time in. Today I was a bit musiced out because yesterday night I did four hours of post production on an orchestral piece we recorded a few weeks ago. That used up a lot of fuel. But today I still got some time on composing and got some time on a huge batch of conducting prep I have to complete for for the next Composer's Choir recording which will be April 15th.
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2 weeks ago

Composers' Choir

8 Part Chords and Melodic Lead
It’s a pretty basic rule that choral music gets really tricky if you go beyond 8 parts. There is a great line in the text, “There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into light” where I have the chance to burst open into 8 part chords. The chords I am exploring are complex polytonal (two different chords at the same time) 8 part chords. They aren’t all polytonal chords, it’s about half of them.Check out more here @ composerschoir.net/8-part-chors/
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8 Part Chords and Melodic Lead
It’s a pretty basic rule that choral music gets really tricky if you go beyond 8 parts. There is a great line in the text, “There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into light” where I have the chance to burst open into 8 part chords. The chords I am exploring are complex polytonal (two different chords at the same time) 8 part chords. They aren’t all polytonal chords, it’s about half of them.Check out more here @ http://composerschoir.net/8-part-chors/
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Writer’s Block Be Gone!

I’m a composer and conductor, and I have writer’s block. When I was very young, meaning 3 or 4, I was often glued to the piano where I would write little tunes, three of which I still know. When I hit middle school I would write almost every day for one or...

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It feels so good to have a piece sung! I had my little Be Still and Know that I am God recorded yesterday and it was great. It sounded like how I thought it would, which is a plus, and it got praised, which makes my day. Right now the engineer has the recordings, I...

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