Heartland Marimba

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Educational Series Commissioning Project Registration

Young Composers Collaborating with HMPublications and HMQuartet

Edition 1 was completed in February of 2018 with five new marimba quartets by Jared Coffin, Adam Hopper, Daniel Krumm, Caleb Pickering, and Andrew Veit for high school and young college level players. HM is launching Editions 2 and 3 to continue generating high quality and engaging repertoire for students! Up to four composers will be chosen from the pool of applicants and be paid a $500 commissioning fee in addition to recordings and publications.

See below for registration form, fee payment, and information regarding specifications of the new composition.

Please fill out the form below to apply for Editions 2 and 3 of the HMPublications/Quartet Educational Series Project.

Your application is complete once we have received this form and your $25 registration fee.

Application timelines:

Edition 2

  • Registration deadline – November 1, 2018
  • Up to four composers chosen for commission of a new marimba quartet – December 15, 2018
  • New quartets completed and submitted to HMQ – April 15, 2019
  • HMQ records, publication and video released – August 15, 2019

Edition 3

  • Registration deadline – March 1, 2019
  • Up to four composers chosen for commission of a new marimba quartet – April 15, 2019
  • New quartets completed and submitted to HMQ – August 15, 2019
  • HMQ records, publication and video released – January 15, 2020
Name *
Phone *
Only one per application.
Please give us a media site that has multiple examples of your work. You can also send us to a dropbox link or something similar.
List the titles of the specific works that you would like us to consider from your media sample site. You can leave additional background information about the pieces here as well.
Please leave some information about commissions and collaborations you've executed.
Please leave any additional work experience here: i.e. teacher positions, residencies, etc.
Please list your education in composition.
Feel free to use this area for additional information and questions.

The guidelines for the new commission are as follows:

  • The work must be within the abilities of most high school percussionists.
  • The piece should be no longer than 6 minutes.
  • The piece should not require more than one 5-octave marimba. (It is advisable to include ossia options for notes below F2, or even A2. As a 4.5-oct., or definitely a 4.3-oct. marimba will be more common in high schools.)
    • We leave this up to you, as many schools are starting to own 5-oct. instruments.
  • Parts can require 4-mallet playing. A combination of both 2 and 4-mallet playing within the individual parts is great for pedagogical purposes, or having some parts be for 2-mallets only and some for 4-mallets is also a good approach.
  • It is encouraged that the piece require only 2 or 3 marimbas. Some scenarios can be:
    • Players 1 and 4 on a 5-oct. instrument, and players 2 and 3 each on their own 4.3 or 4-octave marimbas.
    • Players 2 and 4 on a 5 or 4.5-oct. instrument and players 1 and 3 on a 4.3-oct. marimba.
    • It is acceptable to include xylophone as one of the instruments, or an additional instrument.
  • HMQ will not maintain exclusivity of the work beyond the publication and recording release date.
  • You must agree to publish the work with HMP.
  • No ensemble shall be allowed to perform the work before the scheduled publication and recording release date.