In Dorico Elements, a player can represent an individual musician or multiple musicians in the same section. Players hold instruments, so you must add at least one player to your project before you can add instruments.

In Dorico Elements, there are the following types of players:

Single player

Represents an individual person who can play one or more instruments. For example, a clarinettist who doubles on alto saxophone or a percussionist who plays bass drum, clash cymbals, and triangle.

Section player

Represents multiple people who all play the same instrument. For example, a violin section player might represent all eight desks of the Violin I section in an orchestra, or a soprano section player might represent the whole soprano section in a mixed voice choir.


Section players can only hold one instrument.

You can designate both single and section players as soloists, such as in a concerto for solo violin and orchestra.

When you add a player in Dorico Elements, the following happens automatically:

  • A part layout is created and the new player is assigned to it.

  • The player is added to any full score layouts that already exist. If no full score layouts exist, a new full score layout is created.

  • The player is assigned to all existing flows that originated in the project. It is not added to any flows that you imported into the project.


In Dorico Elements, the maximum number of players you can have in a single project is 24. If you open a project that contains more than 24 players, it opens in read-only mode.