Orchestrating a New Musical: The Rhythm Section

Orchestrating a New Musical: The Rhythm Section

This post is the second part of a series that I maintain on this blog called Orchestrating a New Musical.  Today’s entry will be a discussion of the Rhythm Section of the orchestra, and what to do with this versatile group of musicians.

Casting Musicals: Amatuer Theatre

Casting Musicals: Amatuer Theatre

This month we’re going to follow up on a post I made all the way back in April of this year, where I discussed casting in an educational setting.  This post is meant to refer mostly to community theatre performed mostly by a fleet of volunteers, though as always feel free to adapt the ideas to your specific situation (or refer to my earlier article if you are working in education).  Let’s dive right in!

Orchestrating a New Musical: Setup

Orchestrating a New Musical: Setup

This post is the first part of a new series that I will be starting on this blog called Orchestrating a New Musical.  We’ll begin today with the Setup, and continue on in the future with the various parts of the Process itself, and finish up with all of the details surrounding Distribution and Logistics.

Technology in Music Direction: Score Readers

Technology in Music Direction: Score Readers

This article aims to be the first in a mini-series on technology in the workplace for music directors.  This article in particular will focus on the devices used to read scores.  Without further ado, let’s dive into Score Readers.

Vocal Arranging for New Musicals

Vocal Arranging for New Musicals

This month we’re going to take a look at the task of vocal arranging specifically as it pertains to new musicals.  We’ll examine both the nuts and bolts of vocal arranging, as well as the more abstract concepts that one must be aware of when working in such a unique environment.  Let’s dive right in!