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About Jon Burr

Staff Arranger Jon Burr is also the site administrator for

Active as a bassist, composer, and arranger since the beginning of his career, Jon's work has appeared on recordings by Chet Baker, Sir Roland Hanna, Mark O'Connor, Barry Miles, Arlyn Valencia, and many others. As a bassist he's performed or recorded with Tony Bennett, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Stephane Grappelli, Mark O'Connor, Rita Moreno, Barbara Cook, Eartha Kitt, and many others.

Jon writes in a variety of styles, ensembles large and small, with experience in many instrumental configurations. You can hear his work on his websites and Jon Burr Quintet, and is receiving rave reviews from Arranger for Hire customers. His arranging reel is available on request (email us on using the site form). He also writes about cooking at The Improvising Chef.

Our Music Arranging Work Goes Viral

Swedish Pianist Kim Andersson contacted us with the idea to create a piano concerto-style orchestral score, a medley of selections from Beauty and the Beast.It's a musical homage to the work of Alan Mencken, published via YouTube. We … [Read more...]

Music Arranging, Copyright and Licensing

How do we handle copyright issues at Arranger for Hire? We are a bespoke exclusive custom arranging service. We observe copyright law. We are not “publishers” - we do not resell any arrangement we write for a client, and we respect a … [Read more...]

Backing Tracks

Are you looking for music backing tracks?We can create backing tracks here at, although we’re not fans of their use in performance. If a client wants a track for their own entertainment for use in their home, we’re … [Read more...]

Orchestral Arranging Case Study

Composer Mark Lucas sent a recording to us, wanting to hear it arranged for orchestra. The song, sung rubato in wordless melody over strummed guitar accompaniment, showed terrific pitch and heartfelt emotion. It’s a work of passion, as you … [Read more...]

Need music for an audition?

Can’t find the music anywhere?Need a transcription/arrangement or adaptation? We can certainly do this for you - but we are ethically bound to ask you:Does it have to be that song in particular?There’s plenty of commercially … [Read more...]

Piano Transcription | Note-for-note

We do piano transcription No matter how quick or dense the source material, we do accurate note-for-note piano transcription from recorded material.Rates are variable depending on the density of the material.Here's a transcription … [Read more...]

Finale Training | Tutoring | Screen Share

Screen Share Support Finale can be complicated and frustrating. Google search will reveal answers many questions, but because of the vast vocabulary of musical and technical terms used in the program, it can be hard to figure out the right … [Read more...]

Another 5-star review for Arranger for Hire

With thanks to our client Les Der, who had a client for a wedding needing custom arrangements -What can I say?  Jon Burr is a fantastic professional.  I had him arrange eight custom wedding songs for a string quartet and all eight were … [Read more...]

Best Music Transcription Service Available

Our music transcription service is fast and accurate. Orchestral Scores We transcribe orchestral scores from recordings as a service to our clients. We're able to reconstruct detailed, complex musical scores, reconstructing the melodies, … [Read more...]

Music Transcription Rates

Music Transcription is an art, we love to do it, and we're good at it. We're very accurate. It takes time. Writing arrangements from sheet music is cheaper than writing from transcribed material. If there's no sheet music, we need to do … [Read more...]