Josh Plotner

Composer. Arranger. Multi-Instrumentalist.

Josh Plotner is a New York-based composer, arranger, and multi-woodwind instrumentalist.

Resumé

Award-winning woodwind multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger with considerable performance, composition, arranging, transcription, copy, and editing experience. Extensive background in varied styles of music, particularly jazz, classical, musical theatre, Argentine, Brazilian, Peruvian, Columbian,  rock, pop, and others. Organized, prompt, and professional at all times. References available upon request.

Notable Recordings

Television:

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Season 3/4) (2017-2018) — Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Alto/Tenor/Baritone Saxophone, Panpipes)

“Survivor” (Season 37) (2018)— Fujara, Bansuri, Ocarina, Toyo, Shakuhachi, Xun, Seljefløyte, Pan Flute, Jaw Harp

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Season 2) (2018)Alto/Tenor/Bari Sax

Film:

"Inland Freaks" (2017) — (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet)

“Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom” (2017) (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe)

“Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom” (2016) (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe)

Video Games:

Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018) — (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Soprano Sax, Duduk, Ocarina, Slide Whistle)

Make Sail (2018) — Flute, Clarinet, Oboe

available on Steam

Sally's Salon (2018) — Flute, Bansuri

available on mobile devices

Yoku's Island Express (2018) — Harmonica

available on Nintendo Switch and Steam

codeSpark Academy (2017) Snoopy Snow Brawl— Flute, Tenor Sax

available on mobile devices

Albums:

“Jay Armstrong Johnson LIVE at Feinstein's / 54 Below(2016) — ­(Alto/Tenor Sax, Flute, Clarinet)    

Be More Chill (2015) Original Cast Recording — (Flute, Alto Recorder, Tenor/Bari Sax, Keys 2, Vocoder)

Great Pretenders Club (2015) — The Pop Ups (Tenor/Bari Sax, Dizi, Xun)

Other:

"Flag Song"  (2016) — Stephen Sondheim arr. Charlie Rosen (Clarinet) (original recording of song originally cut from Sondheim's "Assassins)

“World’s Greatest Dad”(2015)  from Elf (Reed 1; 12/15/15 Wendy Williams Show airing)

 


Awards/Distinctions

Writing Competitions

ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipient (2015)

Luminarts Jazz Composition Winner 1st place, College Division (2013)

Luminarts Jazz Arranging Winner 2nd place, College Division (2013)

Civic and Arts Foundation Jazz Composition Winner 2nd place, College Division (2012)

Performance

Performance with Esperanza Spalding (2014)

Performance with Susana Baca (2014)

Outstanding Soloist Award Jazz in the Meadows, Class 3a (2010)

From the Top NPR radio performance (2008)

Fishcoff National Chamber Music Competition quarterfinalist (2008)

Scholarship

Berklee Woodwind Department Achievement Award (2014)

Berklee Achievement Grant (2013)

Andre Lizotte Scholarship Award (2013)

Berklee Achievement Scholarship (2012)


Copy Work

Legendary Romance (2016-2017) —­ Geoff Morrow

Outlaws (2016)Alexander Sage Oyen


Extended Instrumental Techniques

Saxophone: Altissimo, Slap Tongue, Multiphonics, Growling, Flutter Tongue, Playing Two Saxophones At Once

Flute: Beat Boxing, Double/Triple Tonguing, “Fretless Flute” Technique, Altissimo, Growling, Flutter Tongue

Clarinet: “Smearing", Altissimo, Growling, Flutter Tongue, Circular Breathing

Traditional Woodwinds: Chromatic Half-Hole Technique, Flutter Tounge

Sight transposition from concert pitch on all instruments.


Musical Theatre

Broadway:

Be More Chill — Reeds/Keys 2 (Tenor/Bari Sax, Flute, Alto/Tenor Recorder, Keyboard 2, Vocoder) 2019

*Hello, Dolly! — Reed 2 (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone) 2018

*The Lion King — Woodwind 1 (Flute, Piccolo, Bansuri, Pan Flute, Toyo) 2017-Present

Off-Broadway:

Be More Chill — Reeds/Keys 2 (Tenor/Bari Sax, Flute, Alto/Tenor Recorder, Keyboard 2, Vocoder) 2018

Goldstein — Reeds (Flute, Clarinet) 2018

*Marry Harry — Reeds (Flute, Clarinet) 2017

*A Dog Story — Reeds (Tenor Sax, Flute, Clarinet) 2016

A Spring Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, “Sweet Smell of Success” —Reed 1 (Soprano/Alto Sax, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet) 2015

Tour:

Elf the Musical (Equity)—Reed 1 (Alto Sax, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet) 2017

Elf the Musical (non-Equity)—Reed 1 (Soprano/Alto Sax, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet) 2015

List of all shows in alphabetical order: A Broadway Musical; A Dog Story; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; A Little Night Music; A Little Princess; Aida; Anne of Green Gables; Assassins; Be More Chill; Broadway Bounty Hunter; Bye, Bye, Birdie; Cinderella; Chicago; Company; Dream Girls; Elf The Musical; Goldstein; Hair; Hairspray; I Love You Because; In The Heights; Inner City; Legally Blonde; Little Shop of Horrors; Love in Hate Nation; Marry Harry; Parade; Pippin; Ragtime; Standup Shakespeare; Seussical; Sweet Smell of Success; The Color Purple; The Drowsy Chaperone; The Greatest Musical Never Written; The Lion King; The Music Man; The Rocky Horror Show; The Wizard of Oz; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Urinetown; Young Frankenstein; and others.

 

*denotes substitute chair


Education

Berklee College of Music

Dual Major: Performance and Jazz Studies

Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Northwestern University

Major: Jazz Studies


Software

Sibelius 7.5

Finale 2014.5

Logic Pro X

Final Cut Pro

Audacity

Microsoft Office Suite

iWork


Foreign Languages

French (moderate proficiency)

Spanish (moderate proficiency)

Portuguese (beginning proficiency)

German (moderate proficiency)

Japanese (intermediate proficiency)

Chinese (beginning proficiency)


Organizations

American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)


Cruise Ships

Holland America Volendam (2014-15) Tenor Sax/Alto Sax/Flute/Clarinet

Azamara Journey (2014) Tenor Sax/Flute/Clarinet/Arranger

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas (2013) Tenor Sax/Flute/Clarinet/Arranger

Ongoing: Recommended Arranger for Royal Caribbean Cruises