KEYBOARD PROGRAMMING FOR MUSICAL THEATER

I offer keyboard programming using Apple MainStage for a variety of musical theater shows. For each show listed under "Available Now" below, I have MainStage concert files for each keyboard part in the orchestration. Every instrument and sound effect that is called for in the score is included in one easy-to-use package, allowing you to just play the music and not have to worry about designing sounds.

Check out an example of a recent show (Shrek) at my “Media” page!

WHY MY PROGRAMMING?

  • HIGH-QUALITY SOUNDS: All instruments are custom-sampled for each show

  • EASY TO USE: Quickly make adjustments and edits to suit the needs of your production

  • UNBUNDLING: Pay for only the parts you need

“It is wonderfully easy to use - thank you. Definitely sounds much better than if I had attempted to do it myself! The level of detail you have put in, from the great sounds, to the excellently designed performance screen, makes my job so much easier and more enjoyable.”

AVAILABLE NOW:

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
A CHORUS LINE
ALTAR BOYZ
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (11-PIECE)
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
FUN HOME
IN THE HEIGHTS (TOUR, 9-PIECE)
IN THE HEIGHTS (BROADWAY, 13-PIECE)
INTO THE WOODS
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (ORIGINAL)
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (2003 REVIVAL)
MARY POPPINS (TOUR, 11-PIECE)
MARY POPPINS (BROADWAY, 16-PIECE)
PIPPIN (2013 REVIVAL)
SEUSSICAL! (FULL VERSION)
SEUSSICAL! (TYA VERSION)
SHREK
SISTER ACT (11-PIECE)
THE WEDDING SINGER

COMING IN NOVEMBER 2018:

A CHRISTMAS STORY
MAMMA MIA!
JEKYLL & HYDE

COMING IN DECEMBER 2018:

THE ADDAMS FAMILY
FOOTLOOSE
SWEENEY TODD (9-PIECE)

COMING IN 2019:

CABARET (1998 REVIVAL)
COMPANY (9-PIECE)
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (11-PIECE)
LEGALLY BLONDE
LES MISERABLES (FULL, SCHOOL)
THE LITTLE MERMAID
RAGTIME (VERSION 2)
WEST SIDE STORY (ALTERNATE)
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

COMING IN 2020:

BAT BOY
CHILDREN OF EDEN
JOSEPH ... DREAMCOAT (MEGAMIX)
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
ZOMBIE PROM

Doing a show you don't see offered? I do custom work frequently!
Please
contact me to find out more.


WHAT IS KEYBOARD PROGRAMMING?

For the contemporary musical, keyboard books often present the daunting task of translating dozens or hundreds of "patches" - different sounds to be played via synthesizer. Sometimes these are straightforward, but as the technology evolves they are becoming increasingly complex. I use Apple's MainStage (the same software used in pits on Broadway and in the West End) to pre-program all of the patches (including sound effects, harp glissandi and detailed splits / layers) into one simple file that you can run via any Apple computer. This enables you to hook up your keyboard and easily switch from one patch to the next throughout the entire show. You get all of the authentic sounds without having to wade through the complicated music.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • Apple computer (preferably with at least 8 GB of RAM) with MainStage 3 ($29)

  • 88-key weighted keyboard, with USB connectivity (or MIDI adaptor/interface)

OPTIONAL (AVAILABLE TO RENT):


Screenshot of the keyboard 2 programming for "Pippin" (2013 revival). See the score excerpt below.

PIPPIN SCREENSHOT.png

Excerpt of the 2013 revival of “Pippin” demonstrating the complexity of the programming (this is the patch from the screenshot above).