Commissioning any composer, artist or filmmaker to create a new work is an exciting endeavor. The partnership between the artist and the commissioning group is an important and fulfilling undertaking and one that is filled with many benefits for the composer, performers, patrons and collaborators. Nolan has worked with dozens of organizations and schools, professionals and amateurs, to create artistic and meaningful works that meet the needs of each individual or group. If you are considering commissioning a new piece of music, contact Nolan to explore the possibilities of creating new art together.
Nolan has established himself as a respected composer and educator. He is always seeking new and exciting creative projects and looks forward to the opportunity to work with you.
"I have had the opportunity to conduct numerous works by Nolan Schmit.
I find them inventive, creative, a wonderful use of the sonority in contemporary concert band, and a lot of fun. I have also had the opportunity to work with Nolan as a composer-in-residence. He is gracious with his time and energy and brings his musical passion to each session!"
Dr. Christopher Werner
Director of Bands, Lakeland College - Sheboygan, Wisconsin
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Middle Summer Band Camp Clinician
"I chose to commission Nolan Schmit because of his outstanding record of great quality compositions for band and choir. Nolan took the time to research our reason for the commission and took that to heart in his composition. He captured the spirit of what we wanted. The music he wrote for us is an attainable challenge, fun to play, and the first song my students want to play in our daily rehearsals."
Director of Bands, Ainsworth Community Schools - Ainsworth, Nebraska
"We have commissioned Nolan to write four different works for the Nebraska Ambassadors of Music. They have been creative, musically challenging, and exciting for our performing groups. The response from audiences has been overwhelming. The work has always been done on time and using the parameters we have suggested. He is a first class musician and person.We would recommend him for any project you have in mind."
Don & Barbara Johnson
Directors, Nebraska Ambassadors of Music - Fremont, Nebraska
"Nolan is a dedicated, caring educator and a talented composer with a gift for well-crafted, accessible and imaginative work. I had the pleasure of working with him to prepare the premiere of his Fantasia for Band. He’s a thoughtful collaborator with keen ears and a great sense of humor."
Dr. Carolyn Barber
Director of Bands, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, Nebraska
Glenn Korff School of Music
"It was a pleasure working with Nolan during the commissioning of a piece for our community band.
He was truly interested in our ideas for the piece and wrote with our strengths in mind while doubling in appropriate areas as well. From the initial contact to the premiere, we felt like partners in the commissioning process."
Director, Blair Area Community Band - Blair, Nebraska
"When I served as president of the Nebraska Music Educators Association, we commissioned Nolan to compose new etudes for the All-State Band. His in-depth knowledge of instrument pedagogy has provided exceptional audition material that showcases students' technical and musical skills."
Dr. Lance Nielsen
NAfME North Central Division President and Supervisor of Music, Lincoln Public Schools - Lincoln, Nebraska
"As a musician in Omaha Symphonic Winds and the Chairman of its Board that commissioned Nolan Schmit to write 'Of Dreamers and Trailblazers', it was a joy and rewarding experience to work with Mr. Schmit. He showed his great expertise in composition by capturing the railroading experience in music."
Dr. Frank Dowd
Board of Directors, The Omaha Symphonic Winds