About Sandscape Publications



How to Contact Sandscape Publications

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    Dates of Establishment

    Sandscape Publications was founded by Valarie Morris in 1994 to publish her compositions and sell print music and recordings. The company evolved from Skyblue Productions, founded in 1989 in the San Francisco Bay Area to produce recordings of Ms. Morris' compositions.


    Music Coaching and Instruction

    Valarie Morris offers coaching for individuals and ensembles. Private instruction is available for music theory and for music composition and arrangement. Ms. Morris also gives instrumental instruction for piano, accordion, clarinet, and saxophone.


    Music Publications

    Valarie Morris composes music for all levels of players, from beginners to professionals, for all instruments and voice, and for ensembles of all sizes, including big bands and symphonic orchestras. In 2004, Sandscape Publications expanded to publish the music of Roberta Mandel and Joe Rodney. However at this time, we are not adding any composers to our catalog.


    Commissions

    Sandscape Publications is now accepting commissions for new works by Valarie Morris.

    If funding for a commission is not available during these challenging economic times, please do contact us with your situation and project request. Ms. Morris looks forward to talking with you soon to compose new music for you or your organization.

    Here are some excerpts from commissioned compositions by Valarie Morris. Click a link to listen.

    Memories from the Continents
    Commissioned by the Santa Fe Flute Choir
    Czech memory and Pueblo memory sound clips

    The 8-Minute Genetically-Modified Opera
    Commissioned by Elizabeth Mitchell and William Ballowe
    Dream competition and love at first sound clips (minus lyrics)

    Opening Night
    Commissioned by Roberta Mandel
    Introduction (tuning up) and the tune sound clips

    Voices of Shekhinah: Four Illuminations
    Commissioned by the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra
    Prologue and Gracia sound clips

    The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation also commissioned Valarie Morris to arrange these Scott Joplin tunes for their annual festivals:

  • Maple Leaf Rag
  • Fig Leaf Rag
  • Gladiolus Rag
  • Leola
  • The Cascades

    Many of the Joplin arrangements are available for two levels of pianists and for accordionists.

    The Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada selected Ms. Morris' intermediate level arrangement of The Entertainer, by Scott Joplin, for their Popular Selection List 2005-2009.


    International Airplay

    Music from CDs produced by Skyblue Productions has been aired in Bucuresti in Romania; London and Kingston, Ontario in Canada; Brussels and Gent in Belgium; Toulouse, France; Viitasaari, Finland; Freudenstadt, Baiersbronn, Munich, Nordspessart, Bayersbronn, and Osnabruck in Germany; and Cortina D'Ampezzo, Rome, South Tyrol, and Torino in Italy.


    BMI and ASCAP Affiliations

    Valarie Morris is a writer member of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), one of the major performing rights organizations. Sandscape Publications is a publishing member of BMI and the American Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).


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