matthew croft

music director | keyboards | conductor | orchestrator | composer

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SMT Fundraiser 2015


JULY 10   |   ROCHESTER SUMMER MUSIC THEATER

MUSIC DIRECTOR, CONDUCTOR, KEYBOARDS, ORCHESTRATIONS


I had a great time working on my 4th SMT Fundraiser, serving as MD, conductor, orchestrator, and co-director of the show. We had an orchestra of 11 musicians on-stage, and a collection of 19 songs performed by some very talented SMT alumni. We also featured a special performance of "Children of Eden" from "Children of Eden", this year's SMT Production, as well as a finale number involving the current SMT cast as well as all of the alumni. With music ranging from Golden Age musicals ("De-lovely") to the just on Broadway ("The Last Ship", "On the Right Track" from Pippin), this was a really fun and exciting concert to work on. Of special note was the chance to write a new, original orchestration for a song written by local composer Dominic Alesia, as well as the fully-choreographed & staged version of "On the Right Track", performed by Tyler Capa & Aubrey Fink.

RCS Summer Music Theatre 2015 Fundraiser Orchestra:

MUSIC DIRECTOR/KEYBOARD: Matthew Croft
VIOLIN: Michael McGillivray
VIOLIN/VIOLA: Stacey Bowen
CELLO: Marinda Jenkins
TRUMPET: Chris Napier
HORN/FLUTE/PICCOLOTyler Capa
REEDS: Ian McEwen
GUITARS: Neal Wright
BASS: Ricky Enderle
DRUMS: Matthew Heim
PERCUSSION: Jonathan Mroz, Lily Suau

Evil Dead


OCT. 25-Nov. 2   |   Starlight Theater

Music Director, Orchestrator, Composer, Keyboard, Synth Programmer


I orchestrated from scratch the score for "Evil Dead: the Musical" - the books provided were a mess, with missing music and hundreds of errors; the re-orchestrated score expanded to include a bass player, as well as a fair amount of synth programming. It was especially fun to include quotes from various famous horror movie & TV scores - including "Halloween", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "The Grudge", and of course a quote from the original 1981 "Evil Dead" film score. Great band and talented cast all around.

"Evil Dead: The Musical" Orchestra

MD/CONDUCTOR/KEYBOARDS: Matthew Croft
ELECTRIC GTR/ACOUSTIC GTR/BANJO: Neal Wright
BASS GTR/FRETLESS BASS GTR: Greg Platter
DRUMS & PERCUSSION: Matthew Dudek

PLEASE NOTE: THESE ORCHESTRATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL HERE

A sample page from the newly re-orchestrated & re-typeset score to "Evil Dead"

A sample page from the newly re-orchestrated & re-typeset score to "Evil Dead"

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