Note8 Performance testing guidelines
My materials are
performance-tested before I list them on my website. Often I
participate in the premiere performance myself, as conductor or
player. When others test the materials for me, here are my
The basic deal is quite simple: you test my materials. In exchange, I provide those materials free of charge.
Perform the complete work (not selections), with the full complement of instruments specified by the composer or arranger.
PDFs are free, printing is not
I supply PDF
files of full (conductor's) score and parts, free of charge, for you to
print and bind locally, at your expense. If you have access to free or subsidized
For any pages of my materials which you discover to be so flawed as to
be unusable in performance, I promptly supply replacement PDF pages.
Send me your printed materials
performances, please do not erase your materials (as you would with a
rental). Send all printed materials to me, at your expense,
whether your musicians marked them up or not. If any of your
musicians marked up PDF files, please email those files to me as well.
The cost of overseas shipping may be a dis-incentive for producing companies outside North America to participate in Note8 performance testing.
Once I have
reviewed your markings and incorporated them into my published
materials, I will return the printed materials to you, at my expense,
for your library.
I expect real feedback
eyes may be the only ones, besides mine, which see these materials
before I sell them to paying customers. My reputation depends on
thorough testing and complete, honest feedback from you.
"Everything looks good to me" is not adequate. Please email me in
detail about your experiences with my materials, and please encourage
your musicians to do the same. If you cannot spare the time and
effort to do so during your intensive orchestra rehearsal period, you
may not be a good candidate for performance testing!
The testing is about much more than finding wrong notes, which are
pretty rare these days due to great software. Page-turns,
placement of markings, rehearsal letters, cues, page layout, anything
which affects pit musicians' ability to play from the materials under
performance conditions is worthy of comment.
If feasible, I would be delighted to attend an orchestra rehearsal and to meet with your orchestra members face-to-face.
"I have a great gift to bestow": modern, expertly-edited, computer-typeset orchestra materials, and
prompt corrections to them, free of charge. If your production
can provide me with the information I need to improve those materials
further, then together we can make a new top-quality performing edition
available to other producing companies around the world.