Composing & Arranging

My credentials include many areas from art song to pop. Do you write lyrics? Want to collaborate? Do you have “unfinished songs” that need development? Do you have a great melody, hook and lyrics but lack harmonic structure or form? Do you need to have your song produced in a demo format for submission to publishing companies, record labels or independent A & R firms? Are you looking for a vocal jazz SATB arrangement of a standard or an original jazz song you would like to have arranged? These are some of the services that I can provide. I have published works with UNC Jazz Press, Oregon Catholic Press and an original catalog of songs under my own publishing banner. I would love to have the opportunity to write a commissioned work for your middle school, high school or college level vocal jazz group. Let’s talk!

DiCosmic Publishing

In recent years, it has become apparent that “specialty” publishing deals bring a rather dismal rate of return percentage wise to the author of such works. For this reason, I have established my own publishing company for the purpose of marketing and promoting my original vocal jazz and jazz show choir charts with rhythm section. A few PDF samples are viewable on the publishing page of this website. Keeping the publishing “in-house” will provide you with highly competitive rates.

Clinics/Workshops, Adjudication, Lectures

I am an ASCAP composer, ASCAPlus Award recipient, member of the American Federation of Musicians, Music & Entertainment Industry Educator's Association (MEIEA) and Assistant Professor since 2001 of the Music Industry program and Jazz Studies at Syracuse University. I am available to provide your school, library, college, senior group or music festival with any number of services. I have presented for MENC, NYSSMA, NYSACMP and for Syracuse area schools, Rochester, Buffalo and as far away as Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles. The areas I have presented are:

Clinics/Workshops: Jazz Improvisation, Vocal Jazz Arranging, Vocal Jazz Improvisation, Original Vocal Jazz Chart Reading Sessions, Jazz Lead Sheet Reading, Building an accompaniment from a lead sheet, Rhythm Section Skills, Advanced Chord Voicings for the Jazz Pianist, Song writing, Scholastic Jam Sessions. Piano Accompanist for All-County Vocal Jazz Ensembles performances.

Adjudication: Scholastic Adjudication for middle school and high school instrumental and vocal jazz groups in conjunction with the Jazz Education Network (JEN). Prior adjudications at Syracuse Jazz Festival, Detroit International Jazz Festival.

Lectures: “Looking at Jazz – America’s Art form” – a series of lectures, films and concerts on the history of jazz. Awarded a grant through the American Library Association, ReNew Media and Lincoln Center Jazz, “The Recording Industry in the 21st Century – will the dinosaurs survive?” “Careers in the Music Industry – then and now”, “The Independent Music Scene – Marketing Your Own Band & Music”, “The Current State of the Music Industry – Discussion and Projections”, “Digital Audio Recording Using Protools”, “Copyright, Intellectual Property, Infringement and Piracy”.

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