Musical Director

What does a Musical Director do?

What does a Musical Director do?

The MUSICAL DIRECTOR is in charge of all music-related aspects of a production. MUSICAL DIRECTORS work with the DIRECTOR to cast the show, with the COMPOSER to understand the score, and with the CHOREOGRAPHER to develop the show’s overall movement. They teach the cast and orchestra the music and often serve as CONDUCTOR at performances.

Skills

Multi-tasking | Comprehensive knowledge of music and music theory | Leading a group | Clear communication | Attention to detail

Pathways

Degree in music theory and/or performance | Assisting | Conducting

How to become a Musical Director

Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in music theory and performance, as well as opportunities music directing official school and student-led productions. Broadway music directors often begin as musicians themselves, transitioning to the role of music director as they gain experience working with other musicians, performers, orchestras, and directors. Those just starting out may want to explore available classes, auditions, amateur productions, and volunteer opportunities available in their region for training and experience.

Spotlight on Broadway’s “Patrick Vaccariello Musical Director”

Playbill’s “PLAYBILL ANSWERS: How to Be a Musical Director”

ShowbizU: Finding Success in a Music Department- Kenny Seymour & Tim Kashani