Composer & Arranger

I have been arranging and composing since the age of fourteen and have acquired a broad profile in recent years.

I studied composition and arrangement at the HfMT Cologne with Florian Ross, Hendrika Entzian as well as Frank Reinshagen and graduated with top grades in November 2021.

 

I specialize in jazz/pop as well as crossover (classical and popular music) and have a lot of experience with large ensembles (e.g. symphony orchestra, choir, large jazz ensembles). I have also written and produced numerous arrangements and compositions for theater and musical productions. This also includes sound designs and singalongs.

 

If you have a booking request for me, please feel free to use the contact forumlar. Otherwise you can find current projects, music samples, sample copies & references here. If you want to listen to my music, you can find audio samples here. I am looking forward to your message!


Services

  • Commissioned compositions
  • Custom arrangements for a wide variety of instrumentations, for example:   
    • Choir/Vocal ensemble
    • Big Band
    • Orchestra
    • String orchestra
    • String Quartet
    • Small & Large Jazz Ensemble
  • Instrumentation/arrangement of existing works
    • Creation of professional sheet music (full scores, single parts, leadsheets, piano reductions...)
    • Audio-Demos
    • Singalongs/Playalongs (accompaniment tracks)


Satisfaction guarantee

When you commission an arrangement or composition from me you can rely not only on experience, reliability and professionalism. With me you also get a satisfaction guarantee!

 

A commissioned arrangement is only successful for me when you and your ensemble are satisfied! Therefore, I take time before each order to gather information about your ensemble as well as your wishes and ideas. In addition, it may be useful to consult with you during the writing process or to send you sketches and ideas. However, if you are not completely satisfied with the result, I will make every effort - after consulting with you, attending a rehearsal, or listening to a recording - to make improvements. Only when you are satisfied, so am I!

 

You can read the exact warranty conditions here.



Prices

Prices for arrangements and compositions depend on many factors:

  • Instrumentation, especially the number of voices
  • length of the composition/arrangement
  • complexity of the musical material
  • Occasion/rights of use (e.g. for public concerts, film, television, radio...)
  • What kind of material will be delivered in the end? (sheet music as PDF, for example single parts and score, printed and bound sheet music, audio files...)

If you have a request, they are welcome to contact me without obligation! After a preliminary discussion, the framework can often be better estimated. In addition, I orient myself to the fee guidelines of industry associations (German Jazz Union, composers associations, etc.).



WDR Funkhausorchester

For the renowned WDR Funkhausorchester I may dress two Beatles songs in an orchestral outfit. The concert will also be livestreamed. Here you find infos about the concert.

 

E-Mex Ensemble | Meat
I was commissioned by the E-Mex Ensemble (Essen) to compose a piece on the theme of meat for oboe solo. The compositional preoccupation with this theme was completely new to me and accordingly a very interesting and enriching experience. The result is the composition 180, with which I criticize the industrial meat production. The work will be premiered on 20.10.2022 in the Kreuzeskirche in Essen. You will find more information about the premiere in due course in the schedule.

 

Stille Nacht International

The Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend (AMJ) has initiated an international project with four youth choirs from Europe (Germany, Hungary, Italy and Estonia). For this project I am allowed to write an arrangement of Silent Night, Holy Night, which includes all four choirs and their national language. The recording will be published as a video during the Christmas season and then also linked here.

 

Essence of Duality

Together with the Indian musician Hindol Deb I am working on a crossover project, between jazz, "classical" and Indian music. 2023 there will be a first premiere of the project in Cologne! More info to follow!

 

Messe für Vokalensemble und Klavier

I have been commissioned by the Chorhaus St. Michael in Dormagen to write a mass for vocal ensemble and piano. The confrontation with such a historically significant genre is very exciting. The premiere will probably take place in 2023.

 

Arrangements for the Jazzband Milestones

Hier gelangt ihr direkt zur EP

 

Orchester Meets Jazz-Ensemble

Crossover-Project. Here you can watch the live-videos from my masters concert.


Sheet music material (sample)

Good sheet music is essential for the work with musicians and saves time during practice and rehearsal. Starting with error-free notes, rehearsal signs, correct transpositions, dynamic indications, a clear layout up to strokes for string instruments. With me you can rely on many years of experience and professional handling of notation software. Here you can get an impression with the help of the sample pages:


References

  • Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend (AMJ)
  • Anhaltische Philharmonie /Anhaltisches Theater Dessau
  • Apollo Theater Siegen
  • Bergische Symphoniker
  • Blue Orange Music (Musikverlag)
  • Bubs. (Vokalensemble)
  • Chorhaus Dormagen
  • Doc Felix
  • Deutsche Chorjugend
  • Gospel Chor Karlsruhe
  • Groove m.b.H. (Big Band der TU Dortmund)
  • J.U.N.E – Jérôme’s Urban Neighborhood Ensemble
  • Junger Kammerchor Leichlingen
  • Kammerorchester der Uni Regensburg
  • KlangGut (Chor)
  • Klub Konsonanz (Chor)
  • Kwartett Latäng (Streichquartett)
  • Lutz – junge Bühne Hagen (Kinder- und Jugendtheater)
  • Milestones (Jazzband)
  • Musica Non Grata
  • Orchester Osnabrück
  • Paveier (Kölsche Mundart- und Karnevalsband)
  • Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen
  • Room One (Vokalensemble)
  • Stadtgespräch (Jazz Ensemble)
  • Sinfonieorchester der Universität Regensburg
  • StimmtSo! (Vokalensemble)
  • TonWeiberKerle (Vokalensemble)
  • Vocal Journey (Jazz/Pop Chor der HfMT Köln)
  • Voices Rödersheim (Chor)
  • Zwei auf einen Streich (Kölner Cello Duo)
  • WDR Funkhausorchester

Previous arrangements (excerpt)

  • Ave Maria (Franz Schubert)
  • Beautiful Day (Michael Buble)
  • Bella Ciao
  • Bibanke (Asa)
  • Black or White (Michael Jackson)
  • Book of Love (Stephen Merritt)
  • Candlelight Carol (John Rutter)
  • Der Mond (Deichkind)
  • Es geht mir gut, Chéri (Christian Bruhn)
  • Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten (Kompositionsauftrag des Apollo Theater Siegen)
  • For You Alone/Only Jesus
  • Frauen.Fußball.Siegen (Kompositionsauftrag des Apollo Theater Siegen)
  • Guiding Light (Mumford &Sons)
  • Hallelujah I Love Him So (Ray Charles)
  • Hinter den Kulissen von Paris (Christian Bruhn)
  • Highlands (Hillsong)
  • Holy Night, Let’s Dream About Christmas, Lonely Christmas (Lisa Meier/Room One)
  • Home (Aurora)
  • Human Nature (Michael Jackson)
  • Ich atme gerne Sauerstoff – (Kompositionsauftrag des Apollo Theater Siegen)
  • Im Weissen Rössl (Arrangements für das Apollo Theater Siegen)
  • In The Bleak Midwinter
  • Je ne regrette rien
  • Je Suis Malade
  • Jul, Jul, Stralande Jul (Traditionelles schwedisches Winterlied)
  • Lady Marmalade
  • L.O.V.E (Kämpfert/Gäbler; performed by Nat King Cole)
  • Lucy und der Müllcontainer (Kompositionsauftrag des lutz – junge Bühne Hagen)
  • My Funny Valentine
  • Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel (Traditionelles Weihnachtslied)
  • Oh Holy Night
  • On The Sunny Side of The Street
  • Our Love Is Here To Stay
  • Shape of You (Ed Sheeran)
  • She Loves You (Beatles)
  • SLUT (Bea Miller)
  • Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Franz Gruber)
  • Strasbourg St Denis (Roy Hargrove)
  • Superstar (aus Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • The Holly and The Ivy (Traditionelles Weihnachtslied)
  • Winter (Tori Amos)
  • With A Little Help From My Friends (Beatles)
  • You'll never walk alone (aus Carousel)
  • What The World Needs Now Is Love (Burt Bacharach)

 



Sample arrangements

Download
Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart - Musterpartitur.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 1.6 MB
Download
In The Bleak Midwinter
Orchester und Chor
In The Bleak Midwinter - Muster-Partitur
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 991.9 KB
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Schlaflied
Schlafied (Pascal Hahn) - Musterpartitur
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 254.1 KB
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The Book of Love
Chor-Arrangement (SSAATBB)
Book of Love.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 138.7 KB
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Holy Night
Vokalensemble (SSATB)
Room One
Holy Night.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 628.5 KB
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Ich wünsch Dir Glück
SATB
Ich wünsch' Dir Glück (SATB) - Chorparti
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 768.4 KB


For complete copies, custom arrangements etc. please contact me!


(c) Graeme McDonald
(c) Graeme McDonald