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 and sounds 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.
PRAISE FOR “MAMMA MIA”:
“The band has been having a blast hearing these iconic patches and the audience loved how authentic the keyboards sounded (I got multiple comments on it all the way up through our closing performance).”
- Noah L. (Urbana, Illinois)
“John, your MainStage files were nothing short of a work of art!”
- Shawn H. (Lee’s Summit, Missouri)
“These patches sound JUST like the recording. I'm obsessed (and so are the other keyboardists). Thank you so much!”
- Matt S. (Oakdale, New York)
PRAISE FOR “SHREK”:
“It is wonderfully easy to use - thank you. 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.”
- Michelle L. (Victoria, Australia)
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
A CHORUS LINE
A CHRISTMAS STORY
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (11-PIECE)
BILLY ELLIOT (9-PIECE)
CABARET (1998 REVIVAL)*
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
IN THE HEIGHTS (TOUR, 9-PIECE)
IN THE HEIGHTS (BROADWAY, 13-PIECE)
INTO THE WOODS
JEKYLL & HYDE
THE LITTLE MERMAID
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)
SISTER ACT (11-PIECE)
SWEENEY TODD (9-PIECE)
THE WEDDING SINGER
NEW ADDITIONS IN 2020:
CHILDREN OF EDEN
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
* Dual-Keyboard Layout (both keyboards in one file)
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.
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):
Excerpt of the 2013 revival of “Pippin” demonstrating the complexity of the programming (this is the patch from the screenshot above).