Since the founding of Leading Tones Music in 2017, our mission has been to develop high quality inclusive and innovative repertoire for bands and orchestras. From mixed-level miniature concertos and chamber music to flexible-orchestration (“flex score”) ensemble music, our goal is to be synonymous with creative programming solutions!
It is important now more than ever before to consider innovative repertoire for your bands and orchestras. In the pre-vaccine era of the COVID-19 pandemic, music educators may be faced with restrictions on class sizes, unpredictable schedule changes, and limitations on viable performance options. While the how, when, what, and where factors of a “traditional” ensemble class may be in a state of flux, the Leading Tones Music team strongly believes that the why behind making music remains constant! We want to help ensembles of all ages program artistic and accessible music to connect with their communities, foster musical growth, and bring people together.
This spring, our composers participated in over twelve hours of outreach projects for music students and educators. They were hosted in a series of Zoom meetings to discuss their own “why” factors behind composing and performing music. We spoke with students and music educators across the state of Minnesota about the music profession, approaches to composition, music education, how to commission new music, and more! Special thanks to the Minnesota Band Directors Association, Christoph Dundas (Austin High School), and our participating Leading Tones composers:
Daniel Gordon, Dominic Dousa, Peter Meechan, Janne Ikonen, Jukka Viitasaari,
Stephen Mitton, Carl Holmquist, Spencer Brand, Daniel Kallman, Christina Rusnak,
Hanna-Mari Lehtonen, Ashlee T. Busch, and Erin Lilliefors
This summer, our composers are working hard to create content that can be played by any combination of instruments and by musicians of varying ability levels. Dominic Dousa’s
Walk along the Brook is a great example of our up-and-coming line of flex-score/mixed-level music. Both the advanced and beginner parts can be played together or separately without impacting the integrity of the music! Ashlee T. Busch’s Imagist Unenclosed also incorporates percussion parts to this format. Thanks to the hard work, creativity, and thoughtful craftsmanship of our composers, more flex-score/mixed-level pieces will be uploaded to the website throughout the summer.
Our latest Call for Scores will welcome new compositional voices to our team as we continue our mission to provide creative programming solutions for bands and orchestras. Stay tuned for more creative programming solutions for your ensembles in the weeks and months ahead!
Creative and Artistic Flex-Score Solutions for YOU!
Perhaps you’ve heard about “flex-score” music. Well, we want to debunk a few myths about it and let you know about a few new pieces that are on our website!
Stay tuned for more creative programming solutions on the Leading Tones Music website!