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. Able to travel long-term for employment.

Notable Recordings

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Season 3) (2017) — Jeff Richmond (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Alto/Tenor/Bari Saxophone)

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

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

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

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

Great Pretenders Club (2015)—The Pop Ups (Tenor/Bari Sax, Dízi, Xūn)

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


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, Playing Two Saxophones At Once

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

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

Traditional Woodwinds: Chromatic Half-Hole Technique

Sight transposition from concert pitch on all instruments.


Organizations

American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)


Musical Theatre

Off-Broadway:

*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—Reed 1 (Soprano/Alto Sax, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet) 2015

Regional:

Company (St. Bart's Players)—Reed 1 (Alto sax, Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet)

In The Heights (NYU)—Reeds (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bari Sax, Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet)

Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrington Stages)—Reeds (Tenor Sax, Flute, Shakuhachi, Bansuri Flutes, Keys 2, Aux Percussion)

Hair (Pace University)—Reeds(bari sax, piccolo, flute, and clarinet)

Seussical (Gallery Players)—Reeds (Alto/Tenor Sax, Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Pan Pipes, Tin Whistle,  Slide Whistle)

Young Frankenstein (Theatre by the Sea)—Reeds 1 and 2

Be More Chill (Two River Theater)—Reeds (Tenor/Bari Sax, Flute, Alto Recorder, Keys 2, Vocoder)

Aida (Strand Theatre)—Reed 1

The Color Purple (Boston Center for the Arts)—Reeds

A Little Princess (Strand Theatre)—Reed

Anne of Green Gables (Wheelock Family Theatre)—Reed 2

List of all shows in alphabetical order: A Broadway Musical; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; A Little Night Music; A Little Princess; A Dog Story; Aida; Anne of Green Gables; Assassins; Be More Chill; Broadway Bounty Hunter; Bye, Bye, Birdie; Cinderella; Chicago; Company; Dream Girls; Elf; 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 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 (beginning proficiency)


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