Consortium for a new work (Grade 4)

Consortium being led by Shannon Shaker and Jason Lowe:

Dear colleagues, I am writing to invite your participation in a consortium for a new, grade 4 piece by Nicole Piunno. The theme of the piece will be centered around mental health.

From the composer:

This piece is for those who wrestle with hopelessness or those who have experienced the loss of someone important in their lives. While writing, I am specifically thinking of those who have lost someone to suicide. I want to acknowledge loss, yet provide space and light for healing and peace. I plan on making the program notes short and open so that the piece can be what it needs to be for those who perform and hear it. I’ll leave details in how to approach the piece up to the wisdom of each director who performs it.

The piece will be around the grade 4 level and will be approximately 7-8 minutes long. It will be slower and more lyrical in style. I am hoping it can be part of the healing process and also encourage mental health professionals to work alongside music departments where possible.

Instrumentation: : 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, 3 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, 2 Alto Saxes, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, 3 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Tenor Trombones, 2 Euphoniums, Tuba, Timpani, plus 5 Percussionists.


There will be two options for buy-in to allow for more opportunities and interaction with the composer:

$500 = printed score and parts along with a 40 - 60 minute Skype rehearsal/session with the composer

$250 = pdf score and parts

Nicole will be available to all consortium participants with email support. All consortium members will have performance exclusivity through March 1, 2021

Payments will be due Jan. 30, 2020. Scores and parts will be available Dec. 1, 2019, as payments are made. 

If interested, please contact the me and I will put you in touch with the consortium leaders:

Or you can contact them directly:

Shannon Shaker:

Jason Lowe:


The piece is almost completed and you can listen to a MIDI mockup below: