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"Your arrangement was haunting and breathtaking. 
It was a highlight in an incredible concert.
"

Stephen Reineke, Music Director, The New York Pops     
                                             Pops Conductor, National Symphony Orchestra



In the late 1990’s, I was offered the opportunity to learn the craft of orchestration through a de facto apprenticeship with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.  Erich Kunzel trained me.  The apprenticeship was invaluable.  
 

    

 

Modern score writing software enables anybody with a bit of music theory knowledge to hang out a shingle as an orchestral arranger. Too often, they create pretty paper that sounds like bland ear soup when played. And sometimes they create error filled arrangements that turn the first rehearsal into an expensive nightmare.

The right arrangements respect the skills of the musicians and soloists, challenge them in just the right way and enable them to dazzle their audience. The right arrangements are conductor ready, soloist ready, player ready, library ready, management ready, and most important, audience ready upon delivery.

Let me help you create the right arrangements.

"Tim consistently creates arrangements of exceptional quality, nuance and brilliance. His works for the Cincinnati Pops have become classics in our library and audience favorites."
John Morris Russell, Conductor, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

I am an orchestrator and symphonic pops arranger -- an arranger of music for symphony orchestras, specializing in arrangements for orchestral pops concerts and symphonic pops orchestration.   

When the rock band Rush received a  lifetime achievement award, the National Arts Centre Orchestra commissioned an arrangement of Tom Sawyer which was performed for Rush at the ceremony honoring them. 

Click to see a video of the performance.

My arrangements and pops orchestrations are performed hundreds of times per year by top orchestras including the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Pops, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center to the Hollywood Bowl.  My charts have been performed on many recordings and nationally broadcast PBS specials.

"Your charts were great."
Lesley Sabol, Director of Popular Programming, Houston Symphony

I arrange, orchestrate, copy, and print scores and parts.  Erich Kunzel, Steven Reineke and Mary Judge (the orchestra's principal librarian) trained me in the method of writing arrangements and preparing scores and parts that evolved at the Cincinnati Pops during the creation of 90+ recordings. 

The National Symphony Orchestra commissioned an arrangment of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road for a performance with Sara Bareilles at the Kennedy Center in November, 2013.

Click to see a video of the performance.

I recognize the vital importance of producing error-free arrangements -- orchestrations that work the first time at the first rehearsal.  I deliver projects on time and on budget.   

"The program featured a brilliant orchestration of the Weather Report hit 'Birdland' by the CSO's own Tim Berens that was truly orchestral while preserving the sizzle of this jazz fusion hit."
Jesse Rosen, President and CEO, League of American Orchestras

Having grown up playing modern popular music and jazz, I developed a knack for translating popular music styles into arrangements that orchestral musicians understand.  My years with Erich Kunzel also taught me that an orchestra's sound can soar above the mountaintops, express lush beauty, or reveal simple truths.

The Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra commissioned a series of 10 arrangements of the music of Toad the Wet Sprocket, which were premiered by Glen Phillips, Toad's lead singer, in April 2016.

In late April 2010, The New York Pops commissioned a last minute arrangement of "Night and Day" for their May 3rd Gala concert at Carnegie Hall.  The arrangement was played for the first time at a 1:00 PM rehearsal on May 3, and was performed at 8:00 PM that same day at Carnegie Hall.  With no room for mistakes, the arrangement's high-stakes debut performance was a success.

And, when the rock band Rush was honored with a 2012 Governor General's Award, the National Arts Centre Orchestra commissioned an arrangement of "Tom Sawyer" for the award ceremony.  A video of the performance at the ceremony can be viewed on youtube by clicking here.

My fees are reasonable.  My work is top-shelf.  

If you need the services of a symphonic pops arranger, click here to email me about your pops orchestration project or call me at (937) 862-9111.

Orchestration Project List

The table below lists highlights of my arranging and orchestration projects. 

Piece  Commissioned by Debut/
Significant Performances
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road National Symphony Orchestra Premiered by Sara Bareilles at the Kennedy Center. 
Click to see a video of the performance.
A Winter Miracle Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Recorded by the CPO on John Morris Russell's premiere recording with the CPO
Tom Sawyer National Arts Centre Orchestra Performed at ceremony honoring the band Rush with a Governor General's Award
Click to see a video of the performance.
Ironman Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Commissioned for the CPO Superheroes! recording.   Yes, it's that Ironman, the one by Black Sabbath.
Click to hear this arrangement on Amazon.com
It's Not Unusual The New York Pops Premiered by Megan Hilty and Ryan Silverman at Carnegie Hall 
Walk on the Ocean Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Premiered by Glen Phillips, lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket
All I Want Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Premiered by Glen Phillips, lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket
Good Intentions Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Premiered by Glen Phillips, lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket
Come Rain or Come Shine Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered by Megan Hilty and the CPO
Tenderly Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered by Megan Hilty and the CPO
It Don't Mean a Thing Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered by Megan Hilty and the CPO
Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered by Megan Hilty and the CPO
Maniloverture Virginia Symphony Orchestra Overture for the VSO's The Music of Barry Manilow
I Say a Little Prayer Michael Krajewski Premiered by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
I Can't Get Started The New York Pops/
Steven Reineke
Premiered by Tony DeSare and The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall
Rolling Stones Medley Houston Symphony Premiered by Storm Large and Bobby Spencer with the Houston Symphony
Solsbury Hill Houston Symphony Premiered by Storm Large and Bobby Spencer with the Houston Symphony
Born to Run Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered at John Morris Russell's debut as the Music Director of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Ode to This Land Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Commissioned for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 World Choir Games
Let Me Down Easy The New York Pops/ Steven Reineke Premiered by Betty LaVette and The New York Pops. 
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
(Main Title)
Stuart Chafetz  
Auld Lang Syne Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered at Music Hall, New Year's Eve, 2013
Fanfare for the Common Man Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered at Riverbend Music Center
I Got You (I Feel Good) Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered at Music Hall, JMR conducting.
If My Jesus Wills/We Shall Overcome Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered at Music Hall, JMR conducting.
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered at Music Hall, JMR conducting.
Red River Valley Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered at Music Hall, JMR conducting.
Foster's Follies Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered at Music Hall as a part of Lumenocity
Old Folks at Home Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered at Music Hall, JMR conducting, Dom Flemons as soloist
Hard Times Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered at Music Hall, JMR conducting, Over the Rhine as soloists
Something's Always Wrong Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Premiered by Glen Phillips, lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket
Fall Down Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Premiered by Glen Phillips, lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket
Windmills Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Premiered by Glen Phillips, lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket
Thankful Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Premiered by Glen Phillips, lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket
I Will Not Take These Things for Granted Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Premiered by Glen Phillips, lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket
Rise Up Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Premiered by Glen Phillips, lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket
Go Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Premiered by Glen Phillips, lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket
Feeling Good Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered by Capathia Jenkins
Respect Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered by Capathia Jenkins
And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered by Capathia Jenkins
I Got You (I Feel Good) Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Premiered in Hilton Head, JMR conducting.
Suite from Goldfinger Michael Krajewski  
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) Michael Krajewski Premiered by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Carol's Theme (Theme from Carol Burnett Show) Stephen Reineke Premiered by Houston Symphony Orchestra
America Michael Krajewski Premiered by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  Performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra
Chicago in Concert Michael Krajewski Medley of songs by the band Chicago
Dream, Dream, Dream Michael Krajewski Medley of songs by the Everly Brothers
Goldfinger Michael Krajewski Touring as a part of Krajewski's James Bond program
Mrs. Robinson Michael Krajewski Premiered by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on July 4, 2012
Winter Wonderland Michael Krajewski Premiered by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
One Fine Day Michael Krajewski  
Shut Up and Dance Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Premiered at Lumenocity 2015
Holiday Wishes and Dreams Kansas City Symphony Premiered at KCS Christmas concert, 2015
I Can't Get Next to You The New York Pops/ Steven Reineke Premiered in concert in Central Park
Somethin' Stupid The New York Pops/ Steven Reineke Premiered by The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall
Star Spangled Banner The New York Pops/ Steven Reineke Performed in Central Park at the 10 year memorial for the 9/11 tragedy
Dancin' with Chuck Brown The National Symphony Orchestra Premiered at concert on "The Mall" in Washington D.C.
Make Way for Tomorrow Today Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Commissioned for the CPO recording Superheroes!
Click to hear this arrangement on Amazon.com
Star Spangled Man Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Commissioned for the CPO recording Superheroes!
Click to hear this arrangement on Amazon.com
Soliloquy The New York Pops/ Steven Reineke Premiered at Carnegie Hall.   

Night and Day

The New York Pops/
Steven Reineke

Premiered by Tony DeSare and The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall

Too Marvelous for Words

The New York Pops/
Steven Reineke

The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall

Charade  The New York Pops/
Steven Reineke
The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall
Almost Paradise Steven Reineke Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Copacabana Steven Reineke Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
(I've Had) The Time of My Life/Do You Love Me Steven Reineke Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Elephant Love Medley Steven Reineke Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Gimme Love Steven Reineke Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
I Will Always Love You Steven Reineke Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Love Will Keep Us Together Steven Reineke Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Love's Theme Steven Reineke Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Anything Goes The New York Pops Mark Nadler with The New York Pops
Hey There Cincinnati Pops Orchestra CPO with John Morris Russell
Cocoanut Grove Jazz Cincinnati Pops Orchestra CPO with John Morris Russell
Battle Cry of Freedom Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  CPO with John Morris Russell
Louie Louie Cincinnati Pops Orchestra CPO with John Morris Russell
America the Beautiful Cincinnati Pops Orchestra CPO with John Morris Russell

Tears in Heaven

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/
Erich Kunzel

CPO recording “From the Heart”
National Memorial Day Concert on PBS by National Symphony Orchestra

Overture for Elvis

Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Commissioned by the MSO for the 75th birthday celebration of Elvis Presley.

Way Down Yonder in New  Orleans/ Louisiana 1927

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

PBS Special “Take Me to the River” featuring Marcia Ball

Love Me or Leave Me

Steven Reineke/
Wayne Brady

Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl.
New York Pops at Carnegie Hall

Come Back to Me

Steven Reineke/
Wayne Brady

Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl.
New York Pops at Carnegie Hall

Birth of the Blues

Steven Reineke/
Wayne Brady

Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl.
New York Pops at Carnegie Hall

What Kind of Fool

Steven Reineke/
Wayne Brady

Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl.
New York Pops at Carnegie Hall

W O M A N

Steven Reineke/
Wayne Brady

Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl.
New York Pops at Carnegie Hall

Fire and Rain Stuart Chafetz  
Shower the People Stuart Chafetz  
Your Smiling Face Stuart Chafetz  
Good Lovin' Stuart Chafetz  
Like, Let's Go to the Movies (Medley of 80's movie music) Stuart Chafetz  
Kumbaya Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

Waltz from “Up”

Michael Krajewski

Houston Symphony Orchestra

Sinatra Suite  (Fly Me to the Moon, I've Got You Under My Skin, and My Way) Michael Krajewski Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra on Wisconsin Public Television

Ashokan Farewell

The New York Pops

The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall

House of the Rising Sun

Michael Krajewski

Phoenix Symphony 

Soul Bossa Nova (Theme from Austin Powers) Michael Krakejwski Performed on Krajewski's James Bond Show.

Sweet Little Jesus Boy

Daniel Narducci

Narducci’s Recording “Christmas Once More”

Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle

Daniel Narducci

Narducci’s Recording “Christmas Once More”

O Holy Night

Daniel Narducci

Narducci’s Recording “Christmas Once More”

Joy to the World

Daniel Narducci

Narducci’s Recording “Christmas Once More”

Dos Flechas

Al Sur

Louisville Orchestra

Madura

Al Sur

Louisville Orchestra

Los Alamos

Al Sur

Louisville Orchestra

Dream Girls

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra featuring Bootsy Collins

Cadillac Car

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra featuring Bootsy Collins

Fake Your Way to the Top

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra featuring Bootsy Collins

Move

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra featuring Bootsy Collins

Hard to Say Goodbye

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra featuring Bootsy Collins

No Se Como Decir

Naples Philharmonic Orchestra/Erich Kunzel

Naples Philharmonic Orchestra on PBS Special “Fiesta at the Philharmonic” featuring Nestor Torres.   

Caravan

Tim Berens

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Blackbird

Tim Berens

Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Birdland

Tim Berens

Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Spain

Tim Berens

Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Lakme
(
copy job)

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

CPO Recording “The Dance”

Borodin:  Music Popularized in Kismet
(
copy job)

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

CPO Recording “Bolero: Music of Ravel, Borodin and Bizet”

Greatest Show on Earth 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Suite from “From Here to Eternity”

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Stevie Wonder Medley

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

The Climb

Ron Davis

Studio Orchestra

Thomachonga

Ron Davis

Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Alleluia

Ron Davis

Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Rhythmaron

Ron Davis

Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Macho Man

Symphonic Pops Consortium/Jack Everly

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Mamma Mia

Symphonic Pops Consortium/Jack Everly

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

American Pie

Symphonic Pops Consortium/Jack Everly

 

This Land is Your Land

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/
Steven Reineke

Comet Bluegrass Band with CPO

Ashokan Farewell

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/
Steven Reineke

Comet Bluegrass Band with CPO

I Shot the Sheriff

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/
Steven Reineke

Comet Bluegrass Band with CPO

Dancing Through Life

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

CPO. 
Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga

Welcome to the 60s

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

CPO. 
Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga

Grease Medley

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

CPO. 
Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga

High School Musical Medley

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

CPO. 
Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga

Dirty Dancing Medley

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

CPO. 
Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga

Footloose Medley

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

CPO. 
Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga

We’re All in This Together

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

CPO. 
Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga

Fame

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/ Erich Kunzel

CPO. 
Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga

I Remember You
(
copy job)  

The New York Pops

The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall featuring Michael Feinstein

I Wanna Be Around/Goody Goody  (copy job)

The New York Pops

The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall featuring Michael Feinstein

Something’s Gotta Give  (copy job)

The New York Pops

The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall featuring Michael Feinstein

Christmas Medley 1

Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota Trumpet Playing Robot with Erich Kunzel and the CPO

Christmas Medley 2

Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota Trumpet Playing Robot with Erich Kunzel and the CPO

Irving Berlin’s America

Symphonic Pops Consortium/Jack Everly

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

It's Grand

Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Jody Raffoul with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Christmas Wish Steve Morgan Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra

YMCA

Erich Kunzel

Debuted by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

 

May 5, 2016


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