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About Me

I’ve been a barbershopper since 1991 and an arranger since 1999. I’ve sung with St. Louis Harmony, Greater Harrisburg, and Vienna-Falls Choruses; I’m currently a Chapter at Large member in Sweet Adelines and a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. I was a scholarship recipient in the former Sweet Adelines International Music Arrangers Program, and my arrangements have been performed by choruses and quartets all over the world, at both the regional and international levels. I’m active as a mentor for beginning and intermediate arrangers in Sweet Adelines and have written a book on arranging which is available for purchase on this site. In my professional life I’m an archivist at Georgetown University Law Center.

Contest Songs

For contest songs, look for “contest uptune” or “contest ballad” after the title.

Sound Clips

Many songs have sound clips – look for the “listen” link after the title.

Song Assessment

Songs with ** after the title are in the Sweet Adelines Song Assessment database and approved for SAI performance.

Availability and Pricing

Most arrangements are available from both Sheet Music Plus (SMP) and Sheet Music Direct (SMD). SMP/SMD titles will have chorus pricing ($3.00/single copy) and quartet pricing ($18.95 for a set of 4 copies). Arrangement is the same; the only difference is the pricing.

A few arrangements are not cleared for online sale, but can be cleared by way of a custom license, specific to your chorus or quartet. Links to the agency you’ll need to contact are included with each song. In most cases, custom licenses can be requested through through the Barbershop Harmony Society. Please note that the BHS cannot clear songs for customers outside of North America. Customers outside the US and Canada need to work through the copyright agencies in their home country.

Voicing

Voicing for all arrangements is SSAA.

Learning Tracks

When I know of existing tracks, I’ve linked to the track maker’s website. Contact the track maker for availability and pricing. There are many track makers and new tracks are coming out all the time. BarbershopTracks.com is a good place to search for tracks from many different track producers.

Previews

I cannot send out unlicensed preview copies for copyrighted songs. Sheet Music Plus, Sheet Music Direct, and BHS titles can be previewed online. For Sweet Adelines titles, some songs can be previewed; some not. Select the online store, then search on my name. For each title, select the “More Information” link. If the song can be previewed, it’ll be found there.

Commissioned Arrangements

My fee for commissioned arrangements is $200US. If the song is in the Hal Leonard ArrangeMe program’s Copyrighted Song List, the song has already received copyright clearance and no further fees will apply. Please note that arrangements of songs in the ArrangeMe Song List cannot be exclusive. Any arrangement of a song in the ArrangeMe list must be made available to all customers.

If the song isn’t in the ArrangeMe catalog, or is a medley (ArrangeMe doesn’t license medleys), or if your group wants exclusivity on the arrangement, the group requesting the arrangement must request a custom license and the group is responsible for any clearance fees in addition to my fee for arranging the song. The Barbershop Harmony Society can facilitate this; I’m happy to provide contact information for BHS and information about the song you are requesting.

Are you a songwriter with a song you want arranged in 4-part harmony, barbershop style? I’ve worked with many songwriters on original works and I’d be happy to discuss your project.

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