Engraving

I am available for engraving and music preparation work for any kind of project. Please contact me and we can discuss your project and your needs.

What is Engraving?

The term Engraving originally referred to the process of literally engraving metal plates for use on a printing press. Nobody uses the printing press anymore, but the term has stuck around. Today, Engraving is the process of typesetting a musical manuscript on a computer and professionally preparing it for use so that the result is pretty, clean, and easily legible without ambiguity.

This process involves standardizing musical notation (rebeaming notes, adjusting time signatures, respelling chords…), reducing ambiguities in the score (Where exactly do the brass take their mutes back out? Are both clarinets playing in unison, or is this a solo? Are the strings still playing pizzicato?), and formatting the score and parts such that they will be immediately legible for performance with a minimum of rehearsal time. Well-engraved music can increase the efficiency of a rehearsal significantly by eliminating any ambiguities in the score.

My work can be done using Sibelius 8 or Finale 25.

Rates

The music preparation rate depends upon the specific project, and the prices outlined below may be increased for manuscripts which are particularly difficult to read.

Score Preparation

  • Keyboard Scores: $15 per page
  • Solo with keyboard accompaniment: $16.50 per page
  • 1–4 staves: $10 per page
  • 5–8 staves: $16 per page
  • 9–12 staves: $22 per page
  • 13–16 staves: $28 per page
  • Each additional line: add $1.50 per page
  • Add $1 per page if the page includes lyrics
  • Adding cues: hourly rate

Cleanup of an Existing Sibelius or Finale Score

  • Hourly rate

Extracting and Preparing Parts from an Existing Sibelius Score

  • $5 per page

Transcriptions from a Recording

  • Hourly rate

Hourly Rate: $25 per hour

All page rates are calculated based on the finished product, not the original music sent to me. This allows me to keep my rates fair, since different people have differently sized handwriting.

Alternatively, the hourly rate can be used for the entire project, if that is preferable.

Please contact me to inquire about my rates.

Delivery

I deliver the finished product electronically through email. If you would prefer that I mail you physical copies, then I will print the music at a document/printing store, and I will add the costs of printing, binding, and postage to the final price with no surcharge.

Contact me to discuss your project.