Looking for score writers
Synchestra is a Belgian company developing an app aimed at musicians who want to play / sing a work for solo and orchestra: the musician plays / sings the solo part live, and the digital orchestra is rendered with our app (which will run on MacOS, Windows, iOS and Android). Our development work is partially funded by the Flemish government (see Subsidies | Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen).
We are seeking the collaboration of about 20 score writers, who can write scores of classical concerto, according to high professional standards. Synchestra has chosen Dorico as its platform for score writing, and currently uses the Pro 4.2 version.
What we expect from you:
- you play classical music, or have been playing it (even if it is as an amateur, that’s ok), and if you play in an ensemble, or have been playing, that’s a plus;
- academic music studies are a plus;
- you have an understanding how classical musicians use their scores;
- experience with OMR (Optical Music Recognition) software is a plus;
- you are aware that the MIDI file of written score is not necessarily the same as the MIDI file needed for credible playback, and therefore you make the necessary playback tracks for correct MIDI rendering, that will not necessarily be visible on the paper scores;
- the following are musts:
you have proven experience in writing orchestral music;
you know Dorico Pro well, and use it as your primary music notation tool; you are willing to keep up with the latest updates ;
you are willing to respect high professional, scientific and musical standards for scores;
you can work very precisely, and make sure your score corresponds to your reference score;
when you have finished the score writing of a composition, you hand over the Dorico project file.
Please note that proper orchestration is not part of the score writer’s work. The work of the orchestrator is described here. The orchestrator receives your work output.
What you get to start with:
- first, we agree together which work you will work on;
- we start preferably from an Urtext edition; if several editions exist, we choose together what the reference(s) will be;
- you receive the orchestral score of a concerto or opera aria in pdf or printed format; AND/OR
- you receive a Dorico project file with an unfinished version of the composition (work in progress) (typically: the import of an XML file from an OMR program);
- you receive the Dorico project templates for Synchestra’s music editions;
- you receive specifications for input, and your deliverables.
What we offer you:
- the participation in an incredibly innovative project;
- you become a contributing member of the Synchestra community;
- the recognition for your contribution;
- a correct financial reward.
If you are interested, please send us your cv, your three preferred classical composers, information about the hardware and software configuration of your DAW, and a reference portfolio including at least two (preferably complex) orchestral works you created in Dorico (a list of URL’s is ok), to
Your application can be done in English, German, French or Dutch.
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