Dear Patron,

As a composer, commissions are one of the most exciting and interesting ways for me to compose a piece! It's always such an adventure to communicate with both the performers and director (or even the commissioner) in order to tailor and craft a piece specifically for the ensemble or occasion. In various ensembles of which I was a member, having a piece commissioned just for our group was also one of the most educational and interesting experiences as a performer. The opportunity to work with a never-performed composition posed challenges and revealed delights, and I feel that I am both a better musician and composer for it. Some of my favorite memories as a performer have undoubtedly been while performing pieces that the world had never heard before — not until the moment of the conductor's downbeat, that is!

In addition to writing music for ensembles, I am very interested to work with poets, librettists, choreographers, or even film-makers and directors. I feel that I am very experienced in collaborating with other artists, and I cherish the opportunity to work alongside them in creating something special.

If you are interested in commissioning a piece from me, please contact me and we can talk about your budget for the commission and my typical costs. If your ensemble does not have the funding for your desired project, let me know and we will try and reach an appropriate compromise. Some more negotiable aspects of the compositions, however, will be the number of performers, the level of difficulty of the piece, or the length of the composition. As I spoke about in the above section, commissioning a work is something that is a very special experience for everyone involved! Please contact me here so that we can further discuss the specifics of your commission! I am excited to work together, and I greatly appreciate your patronage to new music.

All the best,
H.B.H.

NOTABLE COMMISSIONS

2019 - Catherine Sandstedt, soprano
2019 - St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
2019 - Dan Willett, oboist
2019 - Dr. Rika Heruth and the Liberty Senior High School Concert Choir
2019 - Arun Garg, pianist
2018 - Canticum Novum Mizzou
2018 - Dr. Rika R. Heruth and the Liberty Senior High School Concert Choir
2018 - Dustin Cates and the Heartland Men's Chorus for their performance at the 2019 ACDA Convention
2018 - Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, with the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries for Peter Henderson, pianist
2018 - Noah Petti, percussionist
2017 - Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, with the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries for St. Louis Symphony String Quintet
2017 - Dr. Rika R. Heruth and the Liberty Senior High School Chamber Choir
2017 - Alice K. Dade, flutist
2016 - Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, with the Bond Life Sciences Center and the Saint Louis Science Center
2016 - Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, St. Louis MO
2016 - Dr. R. Paul Crabb and the University Singers of the University of Missouri
2016 - Dustin Cates and the Heartland Men's Chorus, Kansas City MO
2016 - Vox Nova, under the artistic direction of Christine Jarquio Nichols, Columbia MO
2016 - Christine Seitz and the University of Missouri Show-Me Opera
2016 - Tyler Hannsz, violist
2015 - Dr. Rika R. Heruth and the Liberty High School Concert Choir
2015 - Ashlyn Sutton, pianist
2015 - Andrea Tulipana, soprano
2014 - Dr. Rika R. Heruth and the Liberty High School Women's Honor Choir and Chamber Orchestra
2014 - Michelle Davis and the Liberty Middle School Orchestra
2014 - Dr. Mary Lou Jones and the Liberty High School Chamber Orchestra
2012 - Tania Campbell and the Liberty Junior High School Symphonic Orchestra
2011 - Tania Campbell and the Liberty Junior High School Symphonic Orchestra