It's that time of year again! I just got back from the post office where I shipped nine new pieces of music and a CD to Alfred Publishing for consideration in the 2012-2013 String Orchestra catalog. My fingers will remain crossed for approximately the next three months while I wait to hear back from the selection committee.
This year I sent in nine original pieces, none of which were re-submissions. Three beginner pieces, three intermediate-level pieces, and three advanced-level pieces and a good mix of styles and keys. My hope is that by giving them a broad range of music to choose from will increase my chances. In the past, they've chosen one piece from each ability level and each of a different style and . Here's what they chose last year, for example:
Sneaking Suspicion: beginner level, minor key, all pizzicato, scherzo style
Storm Trail: intermediate level, minor key, unusual time signature, "Gauntlet-esque" style
Star of Valor: advanced level, major key, part independence, shifting, heroic style
I have a few favorites among this year's submissions, but I'm proud of everything I've done and would be happy just to have something selected.