Consortio Marketplace Spotlight – Ola Gjeilo and J. Reese Norris Consortia
Consortio, the revolutionary marketplace that connects composers’ consortium ideas and ensembles who make them a reality, focuses on an upcoming project every week. This week’s spotlight is unique: Consortio is powering Chorus America’s annual consortia which help support its mission. The deadline to join these projects is this Friday, August 16th.
About Ola’s upcoming work for SATB choir, he writes that “the piece will be secular but appropriate for a church setting, with piano accompaniment. My process of inspiration typically starts with improvisation at the keyboard. Recording and listening back is important, kind of as if I’m in the audience. Whichever ideas light a spark in me and make me react emotionally I will usually keep and develop. Eventually, a piece slowly emerges. I always find each piece to be a unique and equally exciting challenge on its own terms, whether it’s a cappella or for choir and orchestra, short or long.”
About J. Reese Norris’ upcoming work for treble voices, he writes that his intent is “to use this platform as an opportunity to write a powerful piece about a person who made an impact on the world while they were young. I have enjoyed writing for all different ages, from children’s chorus to collegiate and adult ensembles – but if you asked me, I would say that my favorite experience is exactly what I’m writing for Chorus America: young treble voices. I teach middle school for a living, so I know there is a real need for repertoire specifically for treble choir that is of quality but not insanely hard. My wife would probably tell you that I have a gift for writing for young people because I’m still a child at heart.”
Consortio is making commissioning easier, more accessible, and more impactful for all involved. Most of the consortium projects on Consortio cost only a fraction more than the purchase of a set of octavos, so a new music experience is available to nearly everyone. Please visit consortio.io for more information on our composers, their projects, and the ensembles that make them a reality.