CHECK LIST – Score Preparation
Congrats! You are a part of the team of over 180 Canadian composers at Cypress.
Cypress Choral Music is committed to publishing attractive scores that meet the satisfaction of both composer and publisher. The editing process normally involves several back and forth negotiations. Cypress has a certain style. Please go through this list carefully before the editing process can begin. Perhaps you could print this page and check things off as you get them all done.
Sign the contract – (if you haven’t done so already). Cypress terms are standard for the choral music publishing industry and we try to be transparent with the contract by keeping it simple. Click here and print off a copy of the contract – fill it out – sign it – scan it to PDF format and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Nickel will then sign it and return a copy to you.
Register yourself with SOCAN (if you are not a member already) and register your composition. Choose ASCAP as the American representative. Include 50% to the publisher (which is normal). The Cypress Choral Music IP number is 710703193
1) – Spelling and correct hyphenation (use a dictionary please)
2) – Slurs and ties
3) – breathing marks – sing through each phrase yourself and consider clear diction
4) – accents – tenutos, staccatos, etc
5) – dynamic markings – every hairpin should have a beginning and ending dynamic
6) – accidentals and reminder accidentals
7) – credits and dedications – above the title
8) – rehearsal marks – at key junctures in the music (e.g. verses and choruses)
9) – spacing and legibility
10) – word extensions
There will be several back and forth exchanges during the proofing process – between composer and editor. We really want the score to be perfect – free of any errors – an inviting score. When the editor sends the new layout to you for proofing, please boot it up in “preview” and use the red marking tools to express your wishes and point out errors. for example – see here. Save and email the PDF back to the editor. This really saves time and frustration.
A cappella scores on four staves need to have a piano reduction.
Use standard old school music terms that people in all countries can understand. For example: “leggiero” instead of “like a falling feather”
Make sure that your score matches the recording you’ve sent. (as sometimes changes to the score are made just before a recording session)
If you are a Sibelius user please set the score to “letter” dimensions, House Style and 5.8 size font. Then email the sib. file to email@example.com
If you are a Finale user, please boot up the score and export the XML file. Then email the XML file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Larry will then import the XML file into the Sibelius app.
Type out the lyrics exactly the way you want to see them on your webpage. Send something that we can simply cut and paste.
If the lyrics are in a language other than English please send a line by line translation.
Type up a short enticing blurb for your piece. (100 words or less) Send something that we can simply cut and paste.
Send a photo and a short biography for your webpage. (175 – 200 words)
Two more things we need: Your birth date and your snail mail address. (for your royalty cheque)
Let us know if you find a quality Youtube performance of your piece and we’ll add the link to your page. (for example)
Social Media: you can assist with promotion if you have a presence on the www. For example, it’s really easy to post your Soundcloud audio on Facebook. and embed the audio on your own website.
Having fun yet? Choral singing is an act of peace on earth and where would choirs be without composers, eh!?
Dr. Larry Nickel – email@example.com