First Readings Project

high-quality recordings for new or unperformed choral works

About Us

Composers rely on recordings to promote their work. Increasingly, conductors rely on recordings to discover new repertoire. The First Readings Project produces high-quality demo recordings for new or unperformed choral works, allowing this music to be introduced to the world. Since 2012, we have documented over 150 works by composers from all over the United States as well as from Brazil, Greece, Germany, Israel, and Japan.

Our choir is typically comprised of sixteen singers, and that number can expand or contract to accommodate the needs of the score. No work is too large or too small to be considered. The cost of a project is calculated by the number of performing personnel and the time spent recording the music.

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Services for quarantined composers

Along with the rest of the world, First Readings has modified its activities: we are still producing best-quality demo recordings for composers, but for the time being we are producing them virtually. Listen below to hear some of what we’ve been able to make in this new format. In addition, we are offering some other services to support your creative activities while you are all at home. Here are some services that we can provide:

Manuscript engraving

• produce publication-ready scores for performance or publication, whether from rough sketch or transcribed from recording

Manuscript consultation

• help you to polish your score for publication or distribution
• devise piano reductions
• choral notation vs. instrumental notation

Composition mentorship

• feedback on finished work or work-in-progress

Advice about self-publishing, copyrights, and licensing (under US law)

• publishing and promoting your own work
• gaining permissions for copyright-protected text and music
• collecting performance, mechanical, and streaming royalties

Sessions can be in real time over Zoom or Skype, or through email correspondence. Send me a note through the contact link up there to the right. As always, we’re happy to review scores for recording. Use the form below to submit your score for a free estimate.


“…[H]ighlights for me are [Jeremy Beck’s] Echoes of a Young Poet’s Dream from Dream and Echoes, performed impeccably here by the vocal ensemble The First Readings Project. Its harmonically rich dissonances pull you into a dark fog that magically lifts once you hear the goosebump-inducing final chord.”

Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, March 2020

An invaluable resource

An invaluable resource 1

First Readings Project has been an invaluable resource for me …The singers are stellar musicians always and J. David Moore is a sensitive, exceptionally conscientious conductor who brings out the very best in his singers.

Edie Hill, composer


Bravissimi! 2

The First Readings Project is a treasure…The singers/musicians are top-notch, David’s preparation is meticulous, and the product is excellent. I’ve used them several times…and have been uniformly pleased with the results. Bravissimi!

Carol Barnett, composer

The Best Investment In My Career

Kyle Pederson, composer

It would be impossible to overstate the role that First Readings Project has played in helping launch my career…J. David Moore is an absolute delight to work with, the singers are the best in the business, and the fees are modest and fair.  Without a doubt, the best investment I’ve made to grow my composing career.

Kyle Pederson, composer

Consistently Brilliant

Consistently Brilliant 3

This group (First Readings Project) consistently comes through with brilliant recordings of choral works. I’m amazed at the singing – the group is top-notch.

Kim Diehnelt, composer

Superb quality

Jeremy Beck, composer

David is a gifted conductor who directs a wonderful group of singers. The quality of their collective work is superb. Composers, I highly recommend their work.

Jeremy Beck, composer

Artistically Satisfying and Useful

Artistically Satisfying and Useful 4

The First Readings Project is easily one of the most artistically satisfying and useful experiences I’ve had in my “classical” music career.


Doug Brandt, composer

A Fantastic Experience

A Fantastic Experience 5

Wow, the First Readings Project experience was fantastic! The 16 singers were … experts in their craft and it showed by their intonation, color, phrasing, diction, and precision.

Charles Burdick, composer

Highlights of Past Work

Upcoming Recording Dates





First Readings Project

Score Submission Form

  • Scores

    Attached your scores for consideration. Limit of 4.
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    max size is 128MB - PDF preferred
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf.
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