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

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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.
  • Check that the 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.

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 US-letter size paper has at least a 12-point font for the lyrics.
  • Tenors use the suboctave treble clef (treble clef with “8” underneath).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please provide a piano reduction which includes the basic melody, chords, and rhythm. This is used to accompany the choir during rehearsals.