Josh Plotner

Composer. Arranger. Multi-Instrumentalist.

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


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)


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 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)


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.


American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Musical Theatre


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


*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


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


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)

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

A Little Princess (Strand Theatre)—Reed

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 The Musical; 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 Lion King; The Music Man; The Rocky Horror Show; The Wizard of Oz; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Urinetown; Young Frankenstein; and others.

*denotes substitute chair


Berklee College of Music

Dual Major: Performance and Jazz Studies

Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Northwestern University

Major: Jazz Studies


Sibelius 7.5

Finale 2014.5

Logic Pro X

Final Cut Pro


Microsoft Office Suite


Foreign Languages

French (moderate proficiency)

Spanish (moderate proficiency)

Portuguese (beginning proficiency)

German (moderate proficiency)

Japanese (intermediate proficiency)

Chinese (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