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

Solo player

Represents a single 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.

Instruments belonging to solo players can have extra staves.

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 cannot double instruments, but they can play divisi. This means that they can be divided into smaller units, which is commonly required for strings.

When you add a player in Dorico Pro, 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.