13 Halloween Titles for Your Fall Orchestra Concert

Haunted houses! Vampires! Pirates! It’s always fun to include a Halloween piece (or two!) at your October concerts and Tempo Press has you covered for scary and spooky orchestra music.  There are original pieces by Mark Barnard, Jason Krug, Thom Sharp, and more. Plus, arrangements from Sandra Dackow, Robert McCashin, and Robert Longfield.  So whether […]

New Music Friday: Nordlys

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are called Nordlys in Norwegian. The part of Norway above the Arctic Circle may be the best place to observe nature’s incredible light show. Science says auroras occur when charged particles ejected from the sun strike the earth’s atmosphere, ionizing gas molecules like a neon sign. But those who […]

We Want Your Submissions!

Have you been writing music for your orchestra? We want to see it. Tempo Press is always on the lookout for new student-level music for full and string orchestra, and solos and small ensembles for violin, viola, cello, and bass. We accept submissions all year long, but review once a year in October. The deadline […]

Spotlight: Alan Bernstein

After an initial career as a traveling musician, Alan Bernstein studied music at the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education. For the next 29 years, he has been a music teacher, first in Fall River, MA and then in the Newport, RI public schools, where he […]

New Music Friday: At the Fair

“At The Fair” was conceived as a somewhat light-hearted dance using traditional forms and harmonies. Although the piece was not written for advanced players, it should offer some challenges to an average orchestra. As a teaching piece in the key of D and G, several occurrences of accidentals (D♯, G♯, A♯ & E♯) require student […]

The Expressive Bow: Tone Production Exercises for School Orchestra

Bow arm technique is an important skill to develop in intermediate string players. These exercises, excerpted from Expressive Techniques for Orchestra, will have your orchestra sounding their best.  Tone Production Near the Bridge What: This exercise develops a rich, intense, mature sound that is really pulled and projected from the instrument. It also develops the […]

New Music Friday: Symphony No. 1 in C – Allegro Vivace

The Allegro Vivace from Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 in C is a lively display of youthful genius. At the age of 17, Georges Bizet wrote the entire symphony in only one month in 1855. The symphony was never performed in his lifetime and had its premiere in Switzerland in 1935. No one is entirely sure […]