Frequently Asked Questions

How do I order a score as a PDF?

Our music is sold online; when you order a score from VocalEssence Music Press, you can immediately download the score as a PDF and print your own copies.  

Please note: You need to pay for as many scores as you intend to copy; so if your choir has 32 voices, please order 32 copies of the score.

In effect, you’re not buying sheet music. You’re purchasing a license to make the number of copies of a PDF that you will need for your performing group. You’ll note that our prices are low as we do not have to print the music, maintain a physical inventory, or have our staff ship copies to you.

Once you’ve downloaded your PDF, you may print it out in booklet format. All of our scores are set up to print as 8.5 x 11 booklets.

I am ordering for my school and need to have you invoice the school. How do I go about doing this?

Orders through our website can be paid by credit card or check. Follow the steps to complete your order and check “Pay by Check.” Once you click “Place Your Order,” the Order Received screen will pop up and you will be able to print this page for a check requisition. You will also receive an email confirming your order.

Once VocalEssence receives your check, your score(s) will be emailed to you at the address you provided at check-out. You also will be able to download your score(s) anytime if you are logged in.

What do your difficulty levels mean?

Difficulty levels are provided to help you select a piece that fits your ensemble. We provide the opportunity for you to download a perusal score before you make a purchase to help you decide what piece is best for your ensemble.

  • Very Easy: For a young choir that can sing in unison.
  • Easy: For a young choir that can sing in two parts.
  • Intermediate: For high school voices, featuring multiple harmonies and complex rhythms.
  • Challenging: For advanced high school, college and adult voices, featuring complex harmonies and rhythms.

Why do some Mexican composer’s names appear in some places as a first and last name and in other places first, middle and last name?

The first and last name reflect the given name and the father’s last name; this is the “official” version of the name and the way we use it when alphabetizing composers. However, in Mexico it is common practice for the full name to appear in three or more parts, including the given name and the father’s last name, followed by the mother’s last name.

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