Players, layouts, and flows

In Dorico Pro, players, layouts, and flows are all connected to each other. Because they exist in the project rather than in a single score, you can, for example, have players and flows saved in the project without showing them in the full score.

  • Players can be assigned to any combination of layouts and flows. For example, you can assign a single player to both the full score layout and their own part layout, and remove them from flows in which they do not play. By default, players are assigned to all flows that originated in the project, all full score layouts, and their own part layout.

  • Layouts can contain any combination of players and flows. For example, you can assign all the singers to a single part layout, then remove the flows in which they do not sing from the layout. By default, layouts contain all flows and full score layouts contain all players.

  • Flows can contain any combination of players and be assigned to/removed from layouts. By default, flows contain all players and are assigned to all layouts.

  • If you remove a player from a flow, any notes you have already input for that player in that flow are deleted.

  • Removing a flow from a layout automatically removes that layout from the flow, and vice versa. The same is true for players and layouts, and players and flows.

When you select a card in one of the panels in Setup mode, each card in the other panels shows a checkbox. Connected cards appear highlighted and have activated checkboxes, while unconnected cards are not highlighted and have deactivated checkboxes. For example, if you select a player card in the Players panel, all the flows to which the player is assigned are highlighted and activated in the Flows panel, and all layouts to which the player is assigned are highlighted and activated in the Layouts panel.

Figure 1. A piano player selected in the Players panel with connected flows and layouts highlighted in the Flows and Layouts panels


A work for string quartet and choir is divided into three movements. The string quartet is tacet for the third movement, which the choir sings a cappella.

The Dorico project contains three flows (one for each movement), four single players for the string quartet, four section players for the choir, and another single player for a piano reduction. It uses the following layouts to produce the required performance materials:

  • Four instrumental part layouts, one for each string quartet player. Each part layout contains all three flows but because the string players are not assigned to the third flow, automatic tacets are shown for it.

  • One full score layout containing all three flows, the string quartet players, and the choir players but omitting the piano reduction player.

  • One custom score layout for the vocal score. It contains all three flows, the choir players, and the piano reduction player.

Video tutorial about assigning players to flows (English)