Creative Commissions Project



Recital date confirmed!


The 2018 Premieres Recital will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 3pm at the University of Cincinnati College of Conservatory of Music's Watson Recital Hall. Click HERE for more details and a full timeline of events.

About the project:

The Pedagogical Commissioning Project brings music teachers and their students in direct conversation with working composers. The project pairs a student with a composer who will write a piece based on the student's current technical and musical abilities, personality, and interests. This gives the student a unique opportunity to gain positive access to contemporary music, as well as coaching from the actual composer.


We want students from YOUR STUDIO to participate! They can be from anywhere in the world, too.

To be a part of this project, tell us a little bit about yourself whether you are a student or teacher by filling out this online form. We would love to hear from you. Also, check out more details below.


Watch videos of last year's performances by clicking HERE.

What each student gets:

1 individualized composition created just for them

1 free coaching by the composer (in-person or via Skype)

Participation in the Project's recital in Cincinnati, OH where you can hear all the pieces in the project and connect with other teachers and students.


October 1, 2017: Registration is open!

October 31, 2017: Registration closes.

November 15, 2017: Final group of pianists chosen and paired with composer.

November - December 2017: Student and Composer meetings and brainstorms.

February 15, 2018: Final drafts of compositions sent to pianists.

March - April 2018: Coachings on pieces with composer.

May 2018: Project Recital, Date and Time TBA, Cincinnati, OH

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Who can participate?

We want a wide range of pianists to be eligible for this exciting project. We would like to invite any early intermediate to early advanced musician age 8-18 not in a collegiate program.

How does the project team choose students?

We don't have any hard and fast rules on how we choose student participants. What we can tell you are qualities we care a lot about and others we care less about. We are not looking for the most advanced pianists. In fact, we hope to choose a wide variety of levels. We are also not looking for the students that have participated in the most festivals or received high marks on national achievement tests. We want students that are excited to be creative and have a solid foundation for their current level.

Is there a limit to how many students I can recommend for the project?

Technically, there is no limit to how many students you can have apply. However, we recommend only two or three students apply from each studio.

Are there any costs?

There are no direct costs for the items listed above. All work is volunteered or funded through grants. The only costs will be travel and lodging (if necessary) for the final performance of the project's pieces.


Who are the composers?

The number of contributing composers depends on the number of interested teachers and students. More information will be provided about the composers after the total number of students have been set.