I’m Thomas Goss. If you’re reading this page, I hope it’s because you’re passionate about your work as a creative musician. You may already know about the Orchestration Online community, and its mission to foster the development of resources, training, and creative alliances for the first generation of internet composers.
Back in 2009, I started the whole ball rolling with a few videos about orchestration manuals and a few bits of advice for composers just starting out, talking off the top of my head to the video function on a cheap digital camera. I was surprised by the huge support those first videos generated, and how a community quickly built itself around my continued presence on YouTube. Today, thousands of members on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter continue to find a home for their training and discussion with Orchestration Online. I feel enormously fortunate to be at the eye of that hurricane.
At this point, our community has reached a turning point. In order to grow into a permanent online resource, with regularly scheduled training videos, community activities, and perhaps a series of open courses, Orchestration Online needs support. A very small donation per video will help maintain the flow of new insights and training on the YouTube channel. This new content in turn will enliven discussion and participation on Facebook and Twitter, and help shape our growing resources for subscribers of the main Orchestration Online website.
Imagine the Orchestration Online YouTube channel running at its full strength, with a regular stream of videos. Interviews of composers, orchestral musicians, and conductors. Detailed answers to your questions, with tips for the working orchestrator. Score-reading assignments and expanded topics. The return of the Orchestration Book Club. And most importantly, a monthly orchestration lesson that gets into the very DNA of a great musical work.
So What’s Orchestration Online On Patreon All About?
- Credit on every video you support, showing your commitment to open online resources and training. Patrons at higher levels receive featured acknowledgement. Your name in lights.
- Access to the Orchestration Online Patreon feed, with exclusive content such as video extras, previews, and orchestration tips.
- Monthly Master Classes. Watch my live stream in which I answer questions and share perspectives on the craft. Sign in and participate with your comments if you’re a Semibreve patron, or be my guest live on Google chat if you’re a Breve patron.
- Score Evaluations. I’ll provide a detailed working orchestrator’s analysis of your score when you join, and then periodically (at least every few months) during our Evaluation Marathons. Post a link to your pages on the feed, and feel free to join in with constructive thoughts of your own about other scores. See the Rewards info to the right for details on different levels of evaluation.
- Discounts & Freebies. Patrons at the Semibreve level can get a copy of anything Orchestration Online publishes (like my book 100 Orchestration Tips) for half off. Breve Level Patrons receive these goodies for free. I’ll also post information when my macProVideo and AskVideo courses go on sale, as some of these discounts can be very deep.
Higher levels of patronage will open up when we reach our second goal, and will be linked to the coming MOOOC: the Massive Open Orchestration Online Courses. I plan to create a step-by-step series of courses in scoring that familiarise students with each instrument in depth, building on that training through works that also reach out to performers, eventually resulting in a powerful grasp of the craft of orchestration that’s founded on creative achievement.
These courses will be completely open to all on the internet. But here on Patreon I’ll be offering an enhanced level of support, with premium course content and assignments, written feedback on compositions, and personal consultation. There’s a lot more I could say about this, but there are many details yet to work out. I’ll share them with you on the Patreon feed, and your suggestions may well help to shape some of the ways the courses will work.
Q. Will there be more than three videos per month? A. Yes, but I won’t ask patrons to fund more than three. I may make short video announcements to the community, and certainly those don’t require support. When the MOOOC courses run, they may represent the three videos per month. I haven’t yet worked out the details.
Q. Why not a $1 minimum? A. The $2 Minim level is actually calculated on cups of coffee: how many cups would you shout me if we were talking about these topics at a café? How about two or three? That equals around the lowest level of support. Also, “Minim” is better as an iconic name for a minimum level. No one wants to be a “Crotchety” patron.