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Coaching

Coaching & Consulting for Composers

There are endless ways to make a life as a composer. What’s your way?

N. and Alexandra in conversation

Do you find yourself struggling to get your music out into the world or find strategies to grow your artistic career?

Do you want more performances, commissions, and opportunities for collaboration?

Would you like to better understand the business side of your creative practice?

Do you want another set of ears and eyes on your work and/or promotional materials?

Are you feeling stuck creatively or professionally, and would like to explore possible solutions?

Do you want regular one-on-one, personalized support for your goals?

I offer a flexible, client-centered range of consulting services, from general feedback to intensive and dedicated coaching designed to help you strengthen the business side of your creative practice—so you can do more of the stuff that matters and stop stressing about what doesn’t.

I pride myself on thorough and compassionate attention to your work and your goals. Whether you are composing for orchestra or ocarina, mixing a podcast, or figuring out a new life plan, I’m here to help you find your footing.


My doctoral program was sorely lacking in any practical training on what “being a composer” actually looks like, so I jumped at the opportunity to learn from Alex. Working with her has been an absolute pleasure and one I can’t recommend highly enough! Because she is both extremely knowledgeable and extremely approachable, I felt comfortable asking for her advice on a wide variety of topics.

After working with Alex, I have a better understanding of how to continue developing my composition career and more confident that I can do so successfully.

DM, Denver, CO

This “Combo Plate” consulting experience may include any or all of the following options:

Career guidance tailored to the individual’s specific goals, addressing topics such as:

Prism Project rehearsal in Seattle Art Museum. Photo by James Holt.
  • Performing Rights Organizations & Royalties (ASCAP/BMI)
  • Developing revenue streams
  • Relationship building / Networking
  • Developing branding and marketing materials
  • Self-publishing
  • Pricing
  • Finding ideal collaborators for commissions & performances
  • Website / online portfolio evaluation & feedback
  • Contracts and negotiations
  • Grant seeking and preparation
  • Finances for the self-employed

Writing Guidance & Verbal Communication skills

  • Harnessing the power of words to successfully represent your art
  • Optimizing an artist statement, resume, and bio
  • Writing professional emails
  • Working effectively with performers
  • Effective writing for grant applications and proposals
  • Working on a collaborative project or with a partner

Digital Media Training

  • Website content development and tune-ups
  • Organizing digital materials (documents, media)
  • Audio recording/editing/mixing (DAW such as Pro Tools or Ableton Live)
  • Preparing media for online presentation (audio samples, photos, video)

Why work with me?

I have been working as a self-published freelance composer for over 25 years. I have composed commissioned works for a major symphony orchestra, symphonic bands, professional chamber ensembles, solo performers, and electronic music. I’ve collaborated with choreographers, animators, and visual artists. My music is recorded on multiple albums and is performed across the U.S. and internationally. I have residencies with colleges, universities, and music festivals. I have an incredible community of musicians who I love working with.

I have also worked extensively in audio production, digital media, and teaching/training for organizations including National Public Radio and New Music USA. I have managed projects and people and my superpowers include troubleshooting and connecting people to assistance and resources that are impactful for their professional lives.

For many years I wrestled with learning how to manage my musical life and make it sustainable. Now I love helping music makers empower their creativity, navigate the musical world with joy and ease, and successfully manage their businesses and careers!

Here are a few client success stories to give you an idea of what we can accomplish together:
  • A consortium project that attracted 52 members
  • A revamped website that quadrupled sheet music sales and helped generate three new commissions within weeks
  • A new communications plan that helped generate $10k in extra income over 6 months.

Alexandra has a really good sense about people. In our first meeting, she immediately picked up on the quirky, bubbly person I am; she also saw the disparity between that person and the calculated, proper persona I presented online through my website and social media marketing. Through her coaching I learned to express my authentic self in my online and written communications, allowing people to see the type of composer I actually am.

Alexandra also offered me lots of challenges to grow and take myself out of my comfort zone. They were perfect little nudges to edge me out of my complacency.

I highly recommend taking Alexandra on as a coach – particularly if you are looking for help in the entrepreneurial/business side of composition. This side of the work is so important but is so overlooked in post-secondary education.

KH, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Coaching would be a great fit for you if you are

  • A composer or creator looking for focused support bringing a specific work to fruition, fine-tuning their working methods or jump-starting their work and career.
  • A composer or creator who wants to pivot and change their work or career.
  • Invested in traveling your own path, rather than following the herd.
  • Willing to step outside your comfort zone and try new things, both creatively and professionally.
  • Ready to let go of limiting beliefs and ways of thinking and open the gates to success.

I am not your person if

  • You are specifically looking for an academic job.
  • You work primarily in vocal music and/or theater.
  • You just want someone to tell you what to do.

It has been a joy to work with Alex! As a person shifting from the performer side of a performer/composer career to that of a composer, I was in need of coaching on how to put myself forward in a different capacity. Alex showed me how to organize my pre-existing scores and position them for maximum accessibility and usability, and helped me get started with ASCAP. She also helped me reimagine my website so it looks more composerly. I am so grateful for Alex’s richness as a composer and artist, as well as a highly organized coach.

HB, Seattle, WA

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

One-Off Consultation

Have a question or situation you want to discuss? Something that needs an extra set of eyes and/or ears?
This is a one-time, 60-minute conversation to help point you in the right direction.

Fee: $125


Mini Coaching Package

Typically includes:

  • Three 1:1 60-minute video conference or phone sessions over 6-12 weeks.
  • Homework assignments, accountability, and cheerleading!
  • Career guidance tailored to your specific goals.

Fee: $497

You will receive a free 30-minute introductory call to identify your goals and ensure that working together will be a productive experience for you.


6-Month 1:1 Coaching Package

Typically includes:

  • One monthly 1:1 90-minute video conference or phone session.
  • Email and text support.
  • Homework assignments, accountability, and cheerleading!
  • Personalized listening/reading/watching recommendations.
  • Career guidance tailored to your specific goals.

Special summertime rate! Start before June 15th, 2022.
Fee: $1,997 (normally $2400), or a $349 per month payment plan for 6 months.

You will receive a free 30-minute introductory call to identify your goals and ensure that working together will be a productive experience for you.


12-Month 1:1 Coaching Package

Great for tackling multiple topics, big projects, and/or general long-term support.

Typically includes:

  • One monthly 1:1 90-minute video conference or phone session.
  • Email and text support.
  • Homework assignments, accountability, and cheerleading!
  • Personalized listening/reading/watching recommendations.
  • Career guidance tailored to your specific goals.

Special summertime rate! Start before June 24th, 2022.
Fee: $3,997 (normally $4500), or a $340 per month payment plan for 12 months.

You will receive a free 30-minute introductory call to identify your goals and ensure that working together will be a productive experience for you.



With life taking more and more time away from composing, I found myself in a professional rut. I was no longer working on the projects that sustained me creatively and professionally. Working with Alex was the boost I needed to start investing time in me. She gave me the courage and the confidence to put myself out there again. It’s not easy to do, but it helps to have someone like Alex in your corner.

—MR, Baltimore, MD