Adding players

You can add both single and section players to your project. Single players can hold multiple instruments, while section players can only hold one instrument.


In Dorico Elements, the maximum number of players you can have in a single project is 24.


  1. In Setup mode, add an empty-handed player and open the instrument picker in any of the following ways:
    • To add a single player, press Shift-P.

    • To add a section player, press Shift-Alt/Opt-P.

    • In the Players panel, click Add Single Player .

    • In the Players panel, click Add Section Player .

    • In an empty project, click Add Single Player in the project start area.

    • In an empty project, click Add Section Player in the project start area.


    You can also open the instrument picker by selecting an existing empty-handed or single player in the Players panel and pressing Shift-I.

  2. Select the instrument you want in the instrument picker.
  3. Press Return to add the selected instrument.


The single/section player is added and is automatically named after the selected instrument. The player’s order in the Players panel depends on your current player sorting setting.

The player is assigned to its own new part layout, all full score layouts, and all flows that originated in the project.

Dorico Elements automatically loads sounds for the instrument according to the current playback template.

  • Players are not automatically added to flows that you imported into the project.

  • If you want to add multiple instruments to your project at the same time, you can add ensembles or use a project template.

After Completing This Task

  • If you added a single player and you want them to hold multiple instruments, you can add other instruments to the single player.

  • You can designate the player as a soloist.

  • You can change the default order of players in all layouts and set custom player orders in each layout independently.