To ensure consistency across all of our musical material, please consider the following while you’re preparing your score for submission:

Notation:

  • Use rehearsal marks where appropriate. Ensure rehearsal marks break multi-measure rests.
  • For tonal music, use key signatures.
  • Use a double bar at key changes, significant tempo changes, etc.
  • Use clear and appropriate time signatures. If the beat is in half notes, use a time signature like 2/2 rather than 4/4.
  • Check that beaming of 8th and 16 notes is consistent with the time signature.
  • If you’re writing for any sort of extended techniques (string harmonics, etc), check with a section leader or someone familiar with the technique to ensure your notation makes sense.
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Score:

  • Scores should be transposed.
  • For tonal music, use key signatures.
  • Use a double bar at key changes, significant tempo changes, etc.
  • Each measure on the conductor’s score should be numbered.
  • Use a large point size for all the text on a conductor’s score. Remember that it will be scaled down for printing.
  • Please do not use “repeat measure” indications on a score - they add complexity to the score and make the conductor’s job more difficult.
  • Include the title of the piece of music (or an identifying nickname), the version date or number and the page number on each page of the score.
  • If you issue revised versions during the rehearsal season, include the date you published that revision on each page of the score. This helps us ensure we’ve got the newest copy.
  • Proofread your score for collisions between notes, dynamics, text, markings, etc.

Parts:

  • If there is a long break in any given instrument’s part, please provide cue notes from some other instrument which has a prominent phrase or similar in the bars leading up to this instrument’s entrance.
  • Use multi-measure rests where appropriate. Make sure that cue notes break the end of multi-measure rests.
  • Don’t create a part full of “repeat measure” indications - they are hard to follow. Use them only where one measure is repeated once.
  • Pay attention to the placement of page turns on each part. Do not put a page turn immediately after a rehearsal mark. Page turns are best during a multi-measure rest.
  • Measure numbers should be included at the beginning of each line.
  • Include the title of the piece of music (or an identifying nickname), the version date or number, the part name and the page number on each page of each part.
  • If you issue revised versions during the rehearsal season, include the date you published that revision on each page of each part. This helps us ensure everyone’s got your newest parts.
  • Proofread each part for collisions between notes, dynamics, text, markings, etc.

Choral parts:

  • Size your music and words such that a printing on U.S.-letter size paper has at least 12-point font for the lyrics.
  • Please provide cue notes if at all possible, even for shorter breaks, since the choristers will be listening for cues to get their entrance notes after every break.
  • If your piece includes a piano part, and the chorus enters on the first downbeat, you may wish to put a footnote in the piano part which lists the notes the pianist will provide for the chorus for tuning.
  • Tenors use the suboctave treble clef (treble clef with “8” underneath).

If you have any questions about this, don’t hesitate to contact our Arrangers’ Resource Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).