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Jane Best

Jane Best

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 in summer, non-union, and educational theatre in SC, NY, CA, PA, and MT.

Recent music direction credits include The Theory of Relativity, Spring Awakening, and Assassins at the University of Montana; Pippin, Bonnie and Clyde, and Mamma Mia at Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, California; and The Drowsy Chaperone at Bristol Valley Theatre in Naples, NY.

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

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Theatrical Lyricist
  • Bookwriter/Librettist
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Music Assistant
  • Songwriter
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Audition Pianist
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
  • Classroom music teacher at an educational institution

My Primary Instrument

  • Piano

My Instruments

  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Trombone
  • Other
  • Euphonium, trombone, voice

Software

  • Finale
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • MainStage
  • Sibelius

Pronouns

  • She/Her