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Jane Best

Jane Best

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Jane Best is a music director, composer/lyricist, and educator who just completed her MFA in Music Direction at the University of Montana. Originally from the Philadelphia area, she received her bachelor’s degree in music education and worked as a middle school teacher before deciding to shift her career into theatre. She has worked professionally in theatre since 2016 and hopes to continue to do so for years to come!

    Recent music direction credits include SIX and Burn the Floor on the Norwegian Breakaway; Cinderella, Pippin, and Bonnie and Clyde at Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, CA; and The Theory of Relativity, Spring Awakening, and Assassins at the University of Montana.

    Jane has written or co-written three musicals. Her most recent show, Welcome to the Void, was co-written with Elli Caterisano and produced as a part of the University of Montana Spring 2021 season. Her other full-length musical projects are Take a Chance (book/music/lyrics) and Spin Rate (music by Jane Best, book/lyrics by Jadd Davis, additional lyrics by Arwen Baxter). She additionally has written various musical theatre, choral, and rock/pop style songs for cabaret and choral ensembles.

    When not occupied with music or theatre, Jane can usually be found at a coffee shop or bookstore, or hanging out with her bearded dragon, Ronnie.

    Professional Experience

    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education

    Regions

    • NYC/Tri-State Area
    • Philadelphia/Mid-Atlantic

    Interested in touring?

    • Yes

    Maestra Expertise

    • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
    • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
    • Theatrical Lyricist
    • Theatrical Bookwriter
    • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
    • Music Director/Conductor (Baton)
    • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
    • Music Assistant
    • Songwriter
    • Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
    • Audition Pianist
    • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
    • Rehearsal Pianist
    • Voice Teacher (Educational Institution)

    Primary Instruments

    • Piano
    • Synthesizer

    Additional Instruments

    • Trombone
    • Voice

    Software

    • Finale
    • GarageBand
    • Logic
    • MainStage
    • Sibelius