Somatic Educator
Orchestra contractor

Orchestra Contractor/Personnel Manager

Jane serves as the orchestra contractor for several musical organizations, as well as per-service  groups. If you are looking for musicians of the highest caliber for your concert or event, call 401-595-7676, or email

chorus of westerly

The Chorus of Westerly performs concerts with orchestra in the George Kent Performance Hall in Westerly RI,  in November, December and May. Every June, the chorus and orchestra perform a free concert attended by thousands in  Westerly's Wilcox Park.

Litchfield County Choral Union

The Litchfield County Choral Union is a community chorus serving northwestern Connecticut, eastern New York state and western Massachusetts with the finest of the Choral Art for 120 years, and performs in  the 1906 Music Shed on the expansive and beautiful Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate in Norfolk Connecticut every July.

Greater New Bedford Choral Society

Hale Museum and Hale House in Charlestown, RI


ERAPPA conference 2015 Providence, RI


What is a contractor?

The Orchestra Contractor

  • serves as liaison between musicians and purchaser
  • collects instrumentation,  rehearsal, and performance schedules from the purchaser for distribution to musicians
  • contacts the musicians and distributes scheduling information  for each service set to them according to instrumentation provided
  • collects required payroll paperwork for purchaser
  • serves as (or designates) on-site leader to ensure that players and purchaser adhere to AFM rules throughout service set
  • submits payroll  and pension payment information to purchaser and assures timely distribution of payment to musicians  and AFM (pension)

It is the responsibility of the orchestra contractor to see that musicians are found, hired, and brought into the studio or stage to perform. Much of their work relies on their extensive contacts and voluminous lists of every reputable musician playing common and not-so-common instruments. Selection of the most talented, congenial, and appropriately skilled musicians is the main duty of the orchestra contractor, who is often faced with very specific requests by composers and directors.

Because intimate knowledge of the music industry is required, it is extremely beneficial for the orchestra contractor to be able to tell a musician's strengths (early music/new music/chamber music, etc),  and personality (a high-maintenance performer from an easygoing one) in order to assemble the  most appropriate players for an event. They must also know and tend to all the contract obligations of the American Federation of Musicians.