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516 W. Oak St. #22, Denton, Texas 76201-9070 USA
voice mail - 940.566.0315 (USA)
email - "info - at - buckthornstudios.com"

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Who is Lynn Job?
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1 - What are your business hours?

2 - After I call or write, how long before I will hear back?

3 - How many people work at Buckthorn Studios?

4 - Why are some of the associates listed with different phone numbers than the Buckthorn main line?

5 - What's the website for each division company?

6 - What sort of music does Lynn Job write?

7 - Are CDs or other recordings for sale?

8 - Why don't some of the web site features seem to work for me?

9 - How do I search a music title or keyword on this web site?

10 - How do I navigate to the other pages?

11 - Is there a product catalog?

12 - How do I place an order?

13 - What are the prices for music scores?

14 - How can I preview a musical score?

15 - Are there published prices for commission rates?

16 - What time of year may we call about commission projects?

17 - Does Lynn Job give interviews?

18 - Where and when can I attend a concert of her music?

19 - Where can I hear her poetry perfomed?

20 - What book title or magazine includes her poetry for sale?

21 - Can I download the scores or get the source files?

22 - How can I invite Dr. Job to take a residence with our ensemble or appear at our concert of her works?

23 - Is the photo on this page a picture near to the Buckthorn Studios location?

24 - When is Job's next acting role in a play or film?

25 - Who is the executive at Buckthorn Music Press to contact for licensing and copyright permissions?

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Our motto

"New creations in music, literature and performance" . . . back

Our business category

A small, woman-owned, service-oriented American business in the fine and liberal arts . . . back

What we do at Buckthorn Studios

Buckthorn Studios (SM) serves as the executive studio headquarters and among other independent ventures oversees four subdivisions: Buckthorn Music Press; Buckthorn Books; Buckthorn Records; and Buckthorn Studios Education Services(established March, 1999). The company exclusively represents and fosters the creative works of contemporary writer Lynn Job (pronounced with a long “o”) and the fine arts projects which involve her direct labor and/or use of her copyrighted products and intellectual property world-wide. [NOTE: We do not manage any other talent at this time. Do not send your creative work to us.]

The ultimate vision of our studio is to create a philanthropic endowment to give musicians, readers and consumers funded access to the artist and her work thereby liberating, easing and enabling their choice, increase her product potential, nurture her performers, and expand the quality and quantity of her project selections and collaborations toward the betterment of her artistic legacy for present and future generations. Click | here | to read about The Rhamnus Foundation.

We contract our creative artist’s appearances and commissions, represent and defend her interests, prepare and coordinate her finished works for market. . . . back

Why the name "Buckthorn?"

Buckthorn is a small tree/shrub. It was selected as a “strong mark” trade name only and has just a small reference in our founding artist’s childhood. There are no Buckthorn Trees on our headquarter properties. It is a large, beneficial and fascinating plant family, good references can be found on-line from various botanical reference sites. . . . back

How did we start?

Market demand spurred us to organize in 1999 - offers and contract work in all our segments hit a new peak by that winter which told us, after years of preparation, that “the time had come.” The first formal company action was to send Dr. Job to Salmon Publishing of Knockeven, County Clare, Ireland for an invited 3-week poetry residency during which time, among other activities, she began design of the first Buckthorn Studios web site right there in view of the Atlantic’s Liscannor Bay near the Cliffs of Moher. The Buckthorn Studios business license was filed with Denton County, Texas, August 20, 1999. That first year saw activities spread among all divisions, including New York publishing conferences, moderating acting roles and theatrical crews, shoots as photographer, engraving our first Buckthorn Music Press publications, licensing to other companies, lecture tours, new catalog entries, writing contracts, and more.

In the subsequent years, awards, commissions, festival dedications, citations, concert appearances, articles, biographies, catalog growth, broadcasts, sales and related publications grew at a steady pace, along with entry into new international markets. Professional and amateur volunteer associates joined in with Buckthorn Studios right from the start offering various skills in marketing, contacts, negotiations, etc. and other composers and musicians around the U.S. began to link web sites and circulate solicitations. In 2004, Buckthorn Music Press (BMP) selected Pender’s Music Co. to retail certain music titles for our credit customers - cash and custom-financing sales remaining available from Buckthorn Studios.

All our divisions are growing slowly with depth, longevity, and uniqueness of product valued over annual sales. From day one, we believed sales, just one segment of our mission, would result in due course as a natural outcome of attending without compromise to our vision. . . . back

Why headquarter in Texas?

Not just Texas (no income tax), and not just North Texas (lakes, trees, hills) but rather Denton.

Denton (50 miles south of the Oklahoma border on I-35 and at 600 feet of elevation) has more professionally-trained and active musicians per capita than any other American city its size. Thanks to the combined libraries of the University of North Texas College of Music (2nd largest music college in the country) and Texas Woman’s University, within a bike ride are housed the largest music library resources in the South West and world-class performance venues and stages. This town is chock-full of professional-grade recording studios, private record labels, music publishers, teaching studios, composers, musicologists, international students, and experts in every music genre and arts industry segment along with a thriving calendar of civic performance arts groups.

Just over 100,000 people, Denton still feels like a small town (with a carefully preserved Historic District) while it is within 35 miles of both Dallas and Fort Worth (as the apex city of the “golden triangle” metroplex) and 3 international airports. These days, everything is air-conditioned, there is almost never a “snow day,” water quality is excellent, our electrical grid is stable (unique to our municipality), we are able to avoid floods, hail, and tornados, there are all the stores & restaurants poor small business owners could possible use, and the low cost of living is hard to beat. The only drawbacks (there has to be something!): salaries can be low to match the cost of living, and, commuting south out of town (toward either Dallas or Fort Worth) on the interstate highway is becoming a real problem, like in all boom cities which have satellite growth. . . . back

Who is Lynn Job?

She is our founding artist and current managing director. The name Job is pronounced with a long “o.” Biographical information can be found in various locations right here. See the biography page at buckthornstudios.com/bio.htm (click | here). . There is also a shorter summary at the bottom of the Press Brief. Open up her formal arts vita (in .PDF) right from the biography and home pages (click | here). . . . An interesting article (“About Lynn Job” 2008) is also linked from several pages (click | here). . Our studio also has promotional tri-fold brochures not linked from our web site which we can mail to you if you request them. These are distributed with most purchases and made available to audiences when she makes professional appearances. . . . back

Our favorite charities, missions, and philanthropies

  • Trumpet of Salvation (preparing Israel for Messiah) (click | here)
  • Zola Levitt Ministries (click | here)
  • American Friends of Magen David Adom (the "Red Star of David" emergency relief agency in Israel) (click | here)
  • The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) (click | here) - including "The Joseph Project" (for the restoration of Israel ROI)
  • Life Dynamics, Inc. (PRO-Life, without apology) (click | here)
  • Disabled American Veterans (click | here)
  • World Vision, Inc. (supporting since 1981) (click | here)
    . . . and we also recommend . . .
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, D.C.) (click | here)
  • Jewish Voice Ministries International (click | here)
    . . . along with many more, including --
  • The Biblical Archaeology Society (click | here)
  • St. Joseph's Indian School (South Dakota) (click | here)
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    Links

    Affiliated professional arts organizations and societies are found at the bottom of the biography page (our director, Lynn Job). See the biography page at buckthornstudios.com/bio.htm (click | here). . . . back

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1 - What are your business hours?

    Our e-mail ("info - at - buckthornstudios.com") and voice mail (940-566-0315 USA) never close - contact us that way any time day or night - holidays, weekends included. If you a picking-up an item from the Buckthorn Studios GIFT SHOP (click here), contact us for an appointment. . . . back

    2 - After I call or write, how long before I will hear back?

    Under normal conditions, if you left your contact information and requested service, we will respond by the next business day. If you may be contacted nights or weekends, please let us know that when you call us.

    The Appearances Page, (click here), will post notice of travel and special events. If we are not traveling and it has been more than a couple days, we must not have received your message, or, we mistook your e-mail for spam and deleted it unopened. Please make e-mail very clear by your * subject line * (we recommend "BMP Music Customer") and do consider calling our business phone 940-566-0315 USA.

    Our business phone is for our clients only (you). It is protected on Federal and State lists as a "do-not-call number" for solicitations. You *must* leave a message - all messages are screened and reviewed once per day. . . . back

    3 - How many people work at Buckthorn Studios?

    Not enough! You can see staffing and partner businesses at buckthornstudios.com/associates.htm (click here). Please refer intern candidates to the director at 940-566-0315 USA - applications (in PDF) are linked on the same associates page. . . . back

    4 - Why are some of the associates listed with different phone numbers than the Buckthorn main line?

    Our associates work a variety of schedules and locations. They have listed the numbers or e-mail they prefer to use for this purpose. First-time customers should contact the main business number, as well as all sales and commission clients: 940-566-0315 USA. . . . back

    5 - What's the website for each division company?

    Buckthornstudios.com is an all-purpose integrated website representing all divisions and headquarters. Buckthorn Music Press (click here) . . . | Buckthorn Records (click here) . . . | Buckthorn Books (click here). . . | Buckthorn Studios Education Services (click here). . . | and our auxilliary partner The Rhamnus Foundation (click here) . . . . back

    6 - What sort of music does Lynn Job write?

    All fine art genres and styles (all instrumentation) - she has 3 earned academic degrees in music composition and started writing professionally in 1977. Her works are programmatic, often accompanied with original poetry or quotations from ancient wisdom texts, and usually involving artistic renderings of sacred subjects within the Judeo-Christian traditions. She writes her own text and lyrics whenever possible. Today she works with professional-level & collegiate concert/recital performance settings and top-ranked solo recording artist projects. She prefers to accept serious music commissions which allow her to simultaneously entertain general audiences, Church and Synagogue, and music scholars alike. She has a rich and distinctive style with unique melodicism that propels the music forward in continual variation - in perfect balance and pace. Her solo pieces have brought her the most praise, with a grammar and phrasing akin to grand soliloquy. Not without whimsy and romance in almost any work, her music can be very deep with attention to symbolism, layering & classic design methods.

    With her strong lyricism and dramatic flare, she is also successful in musical theatre, light and dramatic opera, and song forms. Conductors love her detailed documentation, performers love her sensitivity to their technical needs, and audiences love that the works are beautifully thoughtful, heart-felt, and elevating, high art experiences worth hearing many times - not compromising toward any artificial market niche.

    See more descriptions about her and her music in the 2008 Corcoran article at buckthornstudios.com/Bio_article.pdf (linked from the home page), the Biography page, and in the audience program notes document. . . . back

    7 - Are CDs or other recordings for sale?

    At present, Buckthorn Records has many hours of recordings in demo format, both live and synthesized. Our non-profit type product and market focus means we emphasize services providing free or “at-cost” recordings for scholars, performers and conductors as study-aids for those who are preparing our concert works for live events, other projects, or writing analyses. Call 940-566-0315 USA for help. We customize.

  • A few recent commercially-released recordings, Ring Tones, and more, etc. are available through the usual distributors. See what's for sale at Buckthorn Records (click | here ) . . . back

    8 - Why don't some of the web site features seem to work for me?

    Please read the technical helps at buckthornstudios.com/technical (click | here) (TIP: all page URLs are spelled out in a list at the bottom of the technical helps page for reference.) | Report problems to 940-566-0315 USA (voice mail 24x7) or to “ info - at - buckthornstudios.com “ (send email now | here ). . . . back

    9 - How do I search a music title or keyword on this web site?

    There is no website search tool at this time. But pieces are well-described with their instrumentation, durations, etc. listed by title in alphabetical order on each page:
  • Instrumental (click | here ),
  • Vocal (click | here ), or
  • Electronic/mixed media pages (click | here).

    Scroll through the lists on each page to find the title you seek, or, the instrumentation you seek. You can see samples, hear Real Audio clips, buy "on-line."

    For a snapshot view, see our catalog (.pdf) (click | here ).

    TIP - see Catalog Index. All titles (even those not yet released) with BMP catalog numbers are listed in the back of the catalog (this index does not get reproduced in the hardcopy version).

    NOTE: A recommended *searchable* database website for Lynn Job's catalog (with MP3s) is the American Music Center's Explore American Music. (click | here ). . . . back

    10 - How do I navigate to the other pages?

    You need Adobe Flash Player (Macromedia’s Shockwave Flash) to operate the button bar which takes you to the page of your choice.

    Our pages have different extensions - this can cause some servers to miss us, for example, servers which rewrite all ".htm" pages to ".html" have just cut off access to us. Thankfully, its rare. Worst case, all page addresses (URLs) are typed out for you at the bottom of the technical helps page so you can copy and paste them into your browser if needed. Can you bypass the button bar? Yes. Some page links occur in hypertext in some locations outside of the button bar, usually at the bottom of certain pages (like this one).

    Read our Technical Helps page for:

  • more info about Adobe Flash Player (many websites require this - do consider installing it), and,
  • about browser security settings (our java scripts are harmless), and
  • to see our page addresses, as needed, spelled out at the bottom
  • buckthornstudios.com/technical.htm (click | here ). . . . back

    11 - Is there a product catalog?

    Yes, music scores only. (PDF format)
    buckthornstudios.com/music_catalog.pdf (click | here ). Tri-fold brochure. Print as landscape, 8.5 x 11 letter-size. It contains color but may be printed gray-scale just fine. Our special, exclusive, and rare items are only at our GIFT SHOP. To see these items go to that site: (click | here ). . . . back

    12 - How do I place an order?

    Your choice.

      PAYMENT OPTIONS
    • ON-LINE shopping (24x7 credit sales) - scroll to titles and "add to cart"
    • Cash payments by mail. (.pdf) form | download & print
    • Express Invoicing for on-line credit payment | send email
      ( TIP - For this, describe item(s) in your own words. )
      ( Use subject line: "BMP ORDER." ) We e-mail back a custom tallied invoice with secure links for on-line credit card or Paypal payment at your leisure. When your payment arrives, we ship it.
    • GIFT SHOP items are identified. . . . | there
    • REFUND POLICY. . . . | here (all sales are final)

    our music is also available from -
    (1) Pender's Music Co. | here (any work)
    USA 1-800-772-5918 | Denton, TX (940-382-7124)
    (2) Luyben Music | here (clarinet works)
    USA 1-800-LUYBEN | Kansas City, MO (816-753-7111)

    Need something else? We are sensitive to your special needs - let us know your situation. BUCKTHORN MUSIC PRESS may be able to offer additional solutions, flexible delivery options, and/or library services. Call USA 940-566-0315. . . . back

    13 - What are the prices for music scores?

    The most current prices are listed on-line (by title) in the instrumental (click | here ), vocal (click | here ), and electronic/mixed media pages (click | here). Our catalog is current, as well, in its on-line version (click | here).

    The product price you see on-line will be honored, even if the website updates to a new price before your sale has completed. Shipping and handling will be the posted, effective options and rates in effect at the time of your order (shipping from BMP is usually by U.S. Priority Mail with tracking number).

    Our retailers have independent sales policies as well as shipping and handling; if you are using a retailer talk directly with them.

    Our online product prices already list at just above wholesale (at-cost-pricing) as our demographic is typically educational and religious. Further discounts are rare, and can only be offered by BUCKTHORN MUSIC PRESS through direct sales (cash basis, or, by custom on-line invoice) - call 940-566-0315 to request to speak with our managing editor about your price discount requirements and any shipping incentives for direct sales. Libraries and Special Collections should speak with BMP about special needs, Deed-of-Gift, and other questions - call 940-566-0315 USA. . . . back

    14 - How can I preview a musical score?

    1. Use the Buckthorn Music Press on-line resources described below. - or -

    2. Use the libraries described below.

    Sample score pages (.pdf format) are here on the website, set under the title of the piece, with the ordering information (click on the hypertext next to any “ clipboard+pencil ” icon)
    Looks like this: .

    Sound clips are also linked in hypertext after the “ ear ” icon (in Real Audio format).
    Looks like this:

    Look for these samples in either the:

  • Instrumental (click | here ),
  • Vocal (click | here ), or
  • Electronic/mixed media pages (click | here), as applicable.

    See our Technical Helps page for additional assistance (click | here ).

    2. The American Music Center can also help you research and see works by this composer (www.amc.net). Or do so yourself at AMC's sortable and searchable Explore American Music site page for Lynn Job (click | here ) -- MP3 files, PDFs, notes, bio, and Real Audio links offered. Visiting New York? - Special instructions and contact information for the American Music Center's 20th Century Scores Collection curated at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is listed under "BMP Outlets" (click | here ). Also, over 80 works listed with extensive descriptions and links are always available on-line at the National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA) free database (click | here ). Some of her works are also in certain other libraries. . . . back

    15 - Are there published prices for commission rates?

    Every project and customer creates a unique contract with a unique quoting process and price point. However, there are various industry standards and we adhere to all common practices. Our composer is considered somewhat of an expert in her field regarding these necessary formalities and has given seminars and consultations on commissioning art music for her peers at National conferences and arts colleges. She learned by doing - her real customers needed real contracts - and few composers she knew through academe had ever managed these details themselves.

    Commissions need not be prohibitively expensive, and, there are various ways to raise the funds to commission a composer - we will be glad to talk to you about this and help all we can. Our website offers a PDF file (click | here ) of the best “How to Commission a Composer” brochure ever prepared for use across America. It was produced in the mid 1990s through the “Meet the Composer” Foundation in New York. This basic brochure does not answer the question of how much you will need to spend to hire Lynn Job, but it explains much about the processes and median rates then considered somewhat standard within the industry which remain in effect today.

    We believe we are creating superior, durable products for better value and we strive to make the process as easy for the customer as possible - its about art, after all, and we might even be creating history together. Certainly, every project finally results in adding to the American repertoire of our times and we take this literate responsibility very seriously. . . . back

    16 - What time of year may we call about commission projects?

    Anytime. We always want to hear your ideas. It is generally preferred that projects have gone under contract at least one full year before the music is to be delivered. This can be too little time for some projects and perhaps more time than necessary for others. Current backlog and other factors must be considered. Just call our composer directly (940-566-0315 USA), she will be pleased to make your acquaintance. Our consultations and estimates are free of charge. . . . back

    17 - Does Lynn Job give interviews?

    Yes. Some require an honorarium, some do not. She is adept in all media (live or scripted). She does not travel without expenses. Let us know what you have in mind. She has been the subject of academic papers, video presentations and taped Q & A, newspaper articles, biographical listings, concert pre-show interviews for general and academic audiences, radio spots, student interviews at festivals, classroom sessions, seminar responses and more.

    Depending on the format and purpose, questions might be required in advance or pre-publication proofs expected. . . . back

    18 - Where and when can I attend a concert of her music?

    Look at our "Performances" page (click | here). Live performances of published compositions are supposed to be reported to Buckthorn Music Press - if we get advance notice, we rush advertising about the event to our “Performances” page. This info is updated daily. Any location details, performer details, etc. which we received will be posted there.

    We also list a brief notice of events on the “Press Briefs” page in plain text (click | here). After an event has concluded, it remains on the website forever for future reference (in less detail). Are you a performer or conductor? Please note that performing ensembles and soloists are to send in at least 2 paper copies of the actual audience program from that event soon after for publisher’s archiving and as supporting documentation for our membership reports in the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (click | here ). . . . back

    19 - Where can I hear her poetry perfomed?

    Check the “Buckthorn Books” page (buckthornstudios.com/books.html) (click | here) and the “Appearances” page (buckthornstudios.com/appearances.htm) (click | here) to see mention of any poetry events for the current year. She performs her own work rarely (such readings will include works not in circulation). . . . back

    20 - What book title or magazine includes her poetry for sale?

    Buckthorn Books owns all unpublished manuscripts and has no plans to release individual poems from her largest collection to other publishers in the near future - preferring to hold those poems for an eventual monograph edition. Some others may release now and then. One did in 2001. See that book of poetry listed on the “Buckthorn Books” page, “Windhover - a Journal of Christian Literature.” (click | here). Some poetry is lent to her music scores at BMP. "Anchored in Perath: an apocalypse" (BMP-88 | graphic score for solo organ), for example, is the only published version of one complete poem from her 4-poem set "Sacred Streams." (click | here for the GIFT SHOP). . . . back

    21 - Can I download the scores or get the source files?

    No. We print and assemble our scores and parts with quality methods and offer them to you as finished hard copy documents. Our digital source files are company property. . . . back

    22 - How can I invite Dr. Job to take a residence with our ensemble or appear at our concert of her works?

    We let her speak for herself directly on these matters. Leave your contact information on our main phone messaging service and she will call you back in person at her first opportunity. [Please note that during any year when she might be teaching college, her schedule is regrettably prohibitive in the months of OCT-NOV and MAR-APR. Just call and ask.] She does not travel without expenses. . . . back

    23 - Is the photo on this page a picture near to the Buckthorn Studios location?

    Ha. Nowhere near, unfortunately! (just a royalty-free photo from Corel for inspiration) However, this would be acceptable for our "future address" - one of several possibilities we dream about . . . . back

    24 - When is Job's next acting role in a play or film?

    Good news and bad news. Good news - just check the "Appearance" page (click | here), it will always list these upcoming events. Bad news - these days she is exclusively writing and producing. No time for acting; such a shame. She is a faithful usher and volunteer for regional theatres when she can fit it in, and, attends both the "Play Readers of Denton" and "Play Writers of Denton" roundtables when she can. . . . back

    25 - Who is the executive at Buckthorn Music Press to contact for licensing and copyright permissions?

    Contact our owner and director, Dr. Lynn Job (ASCAP). She owns the publisher's rights to the Buckthorn Music Press catalog and is the copyright owner of record. Call our voice mail at 940-566-0315 USA, or, write e-mail to "info - at - buckthornstudios.com" or,
    mail a letter to: Buckthorn Studios (Attn: Dr. Lynn Job) 516 W. Oak St. #22, Denton, Texas 76201-9070 USA.

    She grants most project requests with minimal or waived licensing fees. Don't break International Copyright laws! Call and we will help you out - we have solutions to every conceivable project situation. . . . back

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    great sacred metaphor and musical myth
    -- a new voice bursting into the world's soulscape."


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