How to Write for Orchestra

Published on 26 Aug 2014
Part of a lecture by Vancouver composer Rodney Sharman.
Mr. Sharman was the mentor for the 2014 Arraymusic Young Composers’ Workshop. Four composers experimented and composed over the entire month of May. The workshop culminated in a concert of works created during that period.

Rodney Sharman lives in Vancouver, BC. He has been Composer-in-Residence with the Victoria Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to concert music, Rodney Sharman writes music for cabaret, opera and dance. He works regularly with choreographer James Kudelka, for whom he has written scores for Oregon Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet. He is working on a score for Coleman Lemieux Company, Toronto. Premieres in 2011 include Notes on “Beautiful”, a transformation of music by Stephen Sondheim for pianist Anthony de Mare, and a violin concerto for Jonathan Crow and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Sharman maintains a presence on the web at

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