Ep 112-Sydney Guillaume on Making a Living as a Composer

Ep 112-Sydney Guillaume on Making a Living as a Composer

Sydney Guillaume’s compositions are known to be intricate, challenging and yet highly spirited. They promote human values and are full of heart and passion. His compositions continually enthrall choirs everywhere and have been performed around the world. He is an active member of the choral community as a composer, singer, clinician and conductor. Sydney also writes film music – he has written original film and documentary scores for the Los Angeles based company Loyola Productions. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2004 where his works were performed by the Miami University Chorale conducted by Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe. Originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he is currently residing in Portland, Oregon working as a full-time composer, conductor and clinician.

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Composer and conductor Sydney Guillaume discusses how to make a living as a composer the value of Skype rehearsals and the ins-and-outs of self-publishing.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Sydney’s portfolio
  • Skype workshops
  • Alex Shapiro (Pt 1, Pt 2)
  • Dealing with conductors and various interpretations
  • Self-publishing
  • Cutting through the noise
  • Matthew Curtis
  • How to make a living as a composer
  • Selling your music
  • Putting yourself out there
  • Having an online presence
  • Networking
  • Knowing what your audience wants


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  1. Laurie Betts Hughes January 19, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Wonderful interview! Thanks for letting us get to know you, Sydney! 🙂

    • Garrett January 21, 2017 at 5:57 am

      Thanks for listening, Laurie! 🙂

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