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New Music Commissioning Consortium

"Hidden Wisdom"

For Concert Band

Grade 3-4

Anthony Pickard, Lead Commissioner

I am so excited to share this opportunity with you! We are looking for band directors & conductors and arts administrators interested in joining a consortium to commission a new work for Concert Band. Join us on this journey.

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about the music

Hidden Wisdom (Excerpts)William A.R. May
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"Hidden Wisdom" for Concert band


Stylistically, this work will be energetic, melodic, with lots of percussion, great for a concert opener. The piece will be approximately 3-4 minutes in length, and of medium difficulty (Grade 3-4), making the work very accessible to a variety of ensembles.


Director of Bands, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  High School

Anthony Pickard
Lead Commissioner


  • Consortium Leader: Anthony Pickard, III (ML King High School)

  • Ensemble Type: Concert Band

  • Stylistic elements: Energetic, melodic, lyrical, with lots of percussion, harmonically & rhythmically intricate; relative to grade level​

  • Duration: Approximately 4-5 minutes

  • Difficulty: Medium (Level 3-4)


  • Piccolo

  • Flute 1-2

  • Oboe

  • 1-3 Clarinet

  • Bass Clarinet 

  • Contrabass Clarinet (Optional)

  • Bassoon

  • 1-2 Alto Saxophone

  • Tenor Saxophone

  • Baritone Saxophone (Optional)

  • 1-3 Trumpet

  • 1-2 F Horn (3rd Horn, Optional)

  • 1-2 Trombone

  • Bass Trombone

  • Euphonium

  • Tuba

  • Percussion

about the Commission

The commissioning cost per school is $375 (or $125 for student conductors), and will include a set of parts & score (on January 25, 2023) and exclusive recording & performance rights. Anthony Pickard is the lead commissioner for this collaboration, and will make the world premier, but all consortium performances will be considered premieres and should be indicated in programs and concert announcements. If you are interested in this commission, please fill out the registration form, to reserve your spot in the consortium. The final edition, when published, will list co-commissioners in the front matter of the score. The final edition, when published, will list co-commissioners in the front matter of the score. The fee should be paid directly to William May (WARM Productions, LLC) via PayPal or Check:


*Please enter the Ensemble/Organization

name, when you make your purchase.*

Contributions should be pledged by January 16, 2023. The 1st half of the fee ($187.50 or $62.50 for student conductors) should be paid at that time, in order to secure your spot on this consortium. Please email confirmation of your interest to Anthony Pickard, at The 2nd half of your payment is due by January 25, 2023. 


Thank you for your consideration of what will undoubtedly be a very exciting collaboration!



William A.R. May


(Student Conductors, Only)

Make Checks payable to: 

WARM Productions, LLC


Mail Checks to:

WARM Productions, LLC - 3050 Brombley Drive, Conyers Ga. 30013

Registration Form

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Tentative Timeline

  • 12/5/2022-1/25/2023 - Work Period: online convo/zoom/phone convo (and/or social correspondence on blog page), as needed.

  • 1/11/23 - Delivery of draft score to Consortium Leader

  • 1/16/23 - Final day to pledge at initial buy-in fee (Contact Consortium Lead, if interested in pledging, after that date.)

  • 1/25/23 (EOD) - Delivery of final score to Consortium Members (“Due Date”)​

Registration Form:

Payment: The buy-in fee for interested persons is $375 ($125 for students), split in two payments, ½ to be paid upfront, and the other ½ upon delivery of the final score. The student fee will apply to any consortium member making progress towards an academic degree, certificate, or diploma, as of the Due Date. This buy-in fee will be due to Composer via online purchase, PayPal (also payable by credit/debit card). 

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