What does a Musician do?

What does a Musician do?

The MUSICIAN brings live music to Broadway audiences as a member of the orchestra. The MUSICIANS follow direction of the MUSICAL DIRECTOR and CONDUCTOR. Sometimes the ACTORS are the MUSICIANS; sometimes there is a traditional pit with the MUSICIANS. They can perform on, off, above or below the stage.


Sight-Reading | Ability to play one or more instruments | Concentration | Attention to Detail | Music Theory | Following a conductor | Discipline


Music training | Degree in Performance | Teaching | Auditioning | Working with an ensemble/orchestra

How to become a Musician

Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in mastering a wide variety of instruments, as well as opportunities to perform in orchestras, shows, showcases, recitals, and concerts. Those just starting out may want to explore available classes, auditions, amateur productions, and volunteer opportunities available in their region for intensive training and experience as theatre musicians.

Spotlight on Broadway’s “Andrew Schwartz Musician”

Derek Stoltenberg’s “‘Overture/Prologue’ from Mamma Mia”