Music Direction for the Stage – Oxford University Press


I am very honored to be included in the book Music Direction for the Stage: A View from the Podium, by Joseph Church and published by Oxford University Press. This textbook also includes a forward by Alan Menken.

Lots of great information and tips for aspiring music directors and those that want to dig deeper into the craft of what it takes to bring a show to stage. The old days of just waving a stick are fast fading. Many of us that work as music directors now multi-task in computer editing and file management, sound design and live improvisation with a wide variety of sound textures. I love the blends of technology with old school conducting and this book covers it very well.

“If you’re interested in the world of musical theater, I know you’ll enjoy and learn from Joe Church’s, Music Direction For The Stage: A View From the Podium.”–Alan Menken

I’m included around page 100 or so conducting AIDA at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon, WA 2006. The photo shows the pit setup – a standard pit with around 8 players as I conducted from the center with a multi-keyboard setup. A dedicated piano, dedicated B3 organ clone, a synth and a controller linked to custom Kontakt patches and sound effects.


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