Commissioning New Music

Commissioning new music makes an important contribution to the arts and leaves a lasting legacy. 

Both individuals and organizations commission new music.  I have commissioned new music!

On this page you can explore my previous patrons, the details of commissioning new music, and read about people who have commissioned new music. Maybe you, too, will become a patron of new music.

I always welcome inquiries about commissions for new music.

Who has commissioned Ray's music?

I have received commissions from music ensembles, arts organizations, friends, strangers, and others. Common denominators are a love of music, a commitment to legacy, and an appreciation of my artistic perspective and musical voice.

… the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Timothy M. Smith for the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, the Tehachapi Community Orchestra, Otterbein College Band, Newton Knights Middle School Band, Caltech Concert Band, Natural State Brass Band, Chamber Players of the Redwoods, International Trumpet Guild, Annual Reviews, Pomona College, Brassininity, Fine Arts Brass Quintet, Modern Brass Quintet, Tournament of Roses Fanfare Trumpeters, Moravian Trombone Choir of Downey (CA), First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Glendale Presbyterian Church, Claremont Presbyterian Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church (Ann Arbor, MI), Mark Lindenbaum, John Monroe, Goranka Bjedov and Jay Perry, Mary Dropkin, Malcolm McNab, Ryan Anthony, Dr. Joan Haaland Paddock, Marissa Benedict, Dr. Steven Gross, and others.

Read about others who have commissioned new music.

NEWMUSICUSA supports and promotes new music created in the US. Their publication, AN INDIVIDUAL’S GUIDE TO COMMISSIONING MUSIC, includes stories of those who have decided to become patrons of music.

What's really involved in commissioning new music?

As you begin to consider becoming a music patron who commissions new music, you'll probably have questions. Always feel free to email me, but a good place to start is by reading "Commissioning Music: A Basic Guide."