NYU Broadway Orchestra

Ensembles

NYU Broadway Orchestra

The NYU Broadway Orchestra offers an unparalleled experience for the next generation of Broadway musicians. Led by music director Ted Sperling, artistic advisor John Miller, and co-directors of the NYU Orchestras, Stephanie Baer and Jonathan Haas, the NYU Broadway Orchestra is intended to strengthen and support the vast and rich performance opportunities that exist on Broadway.

About the Ensemble

The NYU Broadway Orchestra is comprised of students who have a deep interest in and are fully committed to mastering the skills necessary to be successful working in pit orchestras, stage productions, opera, and similar opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to thoroughly and systematically study and perform theatre repertoire from nineteenth century operettas, to icons of the 1950s, to contemporary pop and rock shows, and everything in between.

A variety of skill sets will be studied in depth, including Broadway production preparation, sight reading (using past Broadway books as material), recording skills, the business of Broadway, chamber and large ensemble performance, technology on Broadway, Broadway theater history, and more. The creation of this ensemble is fully supported by the Broadway Percussion summer program, as well as the newly formed Broadway Strings and Broadway Woodwinds seminars.

The NYU Broadway Orchestra presents an unmatched opportunity for guidance and mentorship, working with legendary Broadway music directors, conductors, and performers, and provides the ideal environment for students to study, learn, and flourish in the world of Broadway.

Who Can Join

NYU Steinhardt Instrumental Performance majors.

Audition Information

Students will be selected by their program directors, based on their auditions for NYUO¹ and NYUO².

Rehearsal Information

Weekly rehearsals will take place Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the NYU Steinhardt Penthouse. In addition, many rehearsals and performances will take place weekday evenings as well as on weekends. Students should check their availability for all hours on the detailed schedule provided to them in advance of the semester.

2018-2019 NYU Broadway Orchestra Repertoire Overview
Show Description Dates
Guys and Dolls Full production Thursday, 9/6/18-Monday, 9/24/18
Ragtime Reading Thursday, 9/27/18
City of Angels Reading
Thursday, 10/4/18
Anything Goes Concert production Thursday, 10/18/18-Friday, 11/30/18
Hairspray Reading Thursday, 12/6/18
Spring musical TBA Full production Thursday, 1/31/19-Monday, 2/11/19
Follies Reading Thursday, 2/14/19
Dreamgirls Reading Thursday, 2/21/19
TBA Readings Thursday, 2/28/19-Thursday, 3/28/19
Tommy Reading Thursday, 4/4/19
Contact Information

All contacts can be reached through MPAP-Orchestras@nyu.edu
Professors Stephanie Baer and Jonathan Haas, Co-Directors of NYU Orchestras
Meghan Todt Williams, General Manager of NYU Orchestras
Kevin Kuh, Operations Manager of NYU Orchestras