Piccolo and Toy Piano

Solo Flute (x4)

Flute and Cello

Solo Oboe (x2)

Oboe and English Horn

Oboe d'Amore Duo

Clarinet and Oboe

Bass Clarinet

Bass Clarinet and French Horn

Bassoon Duo

Bassoon and Trombone

Alto Sax

Tenor Sax

In the three days this commission window was open, I received requests from no less than 40 different musicians across the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, and Mexico. 32 distinct instrumentations were requested, ranging from flute and violin solos to works for violin and zarb, steel pan drums, and toy piano.

As of April 6th, 2020, half of these commissions have been completed. When all of the entries are complete and the commissioners have had a chance to upload their premiere performances, I plan to make the sheet music for all 40 works available for free, so that no musician is barred from this project due to financial constraints.

Given the success of this inaugural project, I have aims to do another call for mini-commissions later this calendar year. If you are interested in participating in future calls, or would like to offer financial support for another musician to participate, please use our contact formto get in touch.

We can all do our part by staying home - but that doesn't mean we have to stay still.

-Kimberly R. Osberg

Complete Instrumentations for Commissions from Quarantine




Snare Drum and Electronics

Double-Seconds Steel Pan Drums

Vibraphone and Piano


Toy Piano

Melodica with Foot Percussion

Guitar (x2)


Kimberly Osberg

Composer and Interdisciplinary Arts Collaborator

Commissions from Quarantine

In March of 2020, musicians around the world found themselves in an unprecedented situation both artistically and financially due to the outbreak of COVID-19. No longer able to gather together for performances or rehearsals, many of us in the artistic community have been at a loss for what to do with our skills and time. While some days it was difficult to even get out of bed in the morning, I knew that I wanted to do something to help my friends and colleagues find a distraction, maintain human connection, or regain passion for their craft. Thus, Commissions from Quarantine was begun.

In mid-March, I accepted commissions for solos and duos of up to three minutes for a nominal fee, ranging from $5 - $20. Musicians provided a word or two to describe the desired mood of the piece, as well as a short description of a technique or sound they enjoyed playing on their instrument, which would be incorporated into the work. Upon receiving their pieces, musicians were to practice them and post a video to their social media pages (as resources and home conditions allowed).


Violin and Zarb


Cello and Trumpet

Cello and Drumset

Double Bass

Open Instrumentation (for middle school band)

Baritone and Piano

High Soprano