I was most impressed with Mr Munson's work, late 2012, on a complex orchestral score needed in a hurry for the San Francisco Symphony in early January of this year. He rose to the challege, of difficulty & of urgency, with compete confidence, interpreting my handwriting, querying anything doubtful, discovering inconsistancies & actual mistakes, sorting out some aspects of the vast instrumental forces involved that I'd overlooked, with admirable patience, speed, & competence. I can't imagine this job, or any other comparable, being better done. Cordially recommended!
with the seemingly impossible task of constructing orchestra parts from
an unfinished manuscript score, I knew we would be able to accomplish
the job and have excellent results
once Bruce signed onto the project! His expediency, insight, and
expertise were exemplary and throughout the duration of a very difficult
assignment he maintained a positive approach and sense of humor! He
was very patient in dealing with our many requests
and had everything done on time which was truly amazing since the work
was over twice as long as anticipated! He is an excellent copyist with
great attention to detail, a true master of Sibelius, and an absolute
pleasure to work with.
Principal Librarian, The San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco, CA
Bruce Munson is a real treasure - not only is the quality and
consistency of his engraving exceptional, but his knowledge of and
facility with the Sibelius program itself is unparalled. He deftly
conducts our constant flow of divergent projects, accelerated
deadlines, changing personnel, and challenging files, all without
missing a beat.
addition to excelling in the field, Bruce is committed to the clients
he takes on, which provides another layer of comfort - he goes out of
his way to solve problems as soon as he anticipates them and keeps you
informed, often coming in ahead of deadline. He is also going to help
us overhaul our file storage and access protocol and conduct a
rudimentary Sibelius training session for Rork Music staff.
Bruce joined Mr. Getty and Rork Music Staff and associates at a recent
recording session with Sir Neville Mariner, where his keen ear and
intimacy with the scores greatly faciliated the recording of multiple
new works in a several day period. Bruce's participation was much
appreciated, and his personable demeanor made him a welcome addition
among his traveling companions and colleagues.
Director, Rork Music
(Gordon Getty's music publishing/ production company)
San Francisco, CA
Bruce Munson has been an integral part of my musical team for over five
years. He was deeply involved in the planning, engraving and execution
of all the work on the score for THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER, my opera
with Amy Tan that premiered September 2008 at the San Francisco Opera. Bruce was the indispensible person - preparing the scores to meet the complex demands of an ensemble that included Beijing Opera percussion, Suonas, marching bands and singing Chinese acrobats.
He was at all the orchestral rehearsals, editing the scores as I made
the changes. I could not have done it without him. Throughout it all,
he was a pleasure to work with - always reliable, meticulous and
extraorindarily efficient. I wouldn't want to do anything like it without
New York, NY
We've collaborated with Bruce Munson on a variety of Sibelius projects over the past many years, ranging from Sibelius education to digitizing, proofing and editing public domain works; and arranging, setting, editing and formatting new original works for performance. Our jobs often have extremely short turnaround times, and Bruce has without fail met our deadlines while producing top quality work.
He trained Michael Tilson Thomas and our staff on Sibelius use and continues to work with us often when we have questions. His expertise has been unparalleled and invaluable.
Production Manager, Librarian to Michael Tilson Thomas
San Francisco, CA
Bruce is an absolute pleasure to work with - his engraving is
beautiful, and he's a smart, very knowledgeable musician, so his eye
and ear are attuned to details many other less accomplished copyists
would miss. He's a pleasure to work with - straightforward, honest
trustworthy, and reasonable. I always feel my projects are treated
with the utmost care, even when they are smaller jobs. On larger jobs,
and under time pressure, Bruce's calm demeanor and professional focus
are great assets for any composer fortunate enough to have him on his
Music Without Walls
San Francisco, CA
I feel very fortunate to have
Bruce Munson in my corner to help translate and clarify my forays into the
classical orchestral domain. I see my primary purpose in this area as exporting
the groove-based rhythmic techniques of my group, the Turtle Island Quartet,
into the string section of the orchestra, and secondarily to work with the
traditions of the other instruments that I am less experienced with in order to
attain the overall sonic picture that I am going for--a stylistically
integrated approach that will push the orchestra to the limit of its ability. This
necessitates a music engraver with a wide range of experience with various
American vernacular and world music styles grounded in a solid understanding of
the great 200-year-old symphonic tradition, willing to experiment with an
innovative and sometimes confusing notation style that must simultaneously be
quickly absorbable by the musicians. Bruce is the man for me!
Composer/ Violinist and founder of the Turtle Island Quartet
expertise in Sibelius like no other, professional, gracious, responsive, with
an amazing attention to detail: Don't use Bruce Munson. We'd like
to keep him to ourselves.
International Liturgy Publications
I've worked with Bruce on six commissions and he has always delivered
ahead of schedule and with meticulous attention to detail. He is a
pleasure to work with and quickly assimilated my layout and
notation preferences. Most importantly, he brings a keen eye and
thorough knowledge of how to make the score and parts look great. I've
commissioned over 40 works and without question Bruce is at the top of
Bruce Munson was my copyist on a commission from Miller Theater in New York. He did a fantastic job. The parts (in Finale) were clean and extremely
legible. In addition he was easy to work with and patient with me during an
exciting but stressful period. I would hire Bruce again without reservation and
suggest him to everyone who’s looking for a good copyist.
Associate Prof. of Composition
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music
I would gladly recommend Bruce Munson for your engraving
needs. His work is of high quality and he is quite knowledgeable of
engraving rules. As co-publisher of the Saint Augustine Hymnal I was most pleased with his work. The notes
are crisp and clear, carefully formatted, and the text is easy to read.
Custom Hymnal, Inc.
All folios I produce have to be
okayed by the artist's estate or the artists themselves, and every
folio Bruce has transcribed has been approved without hesitation. I
must add that the product line I work on includes the most difficult
music this company publishes.
Editor, Jazz Transcription Folios
Hal Leonard Corp.
New York, NY
More testimonials to come!