Macy Schmidt is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Orchestrator, Music Director, & Producer based in New York City.
A first-generation Egyptian-American who recently became the first woman of color orchestrator in Broadway history, Macy Schmidt is an honoree of the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Music (alongside talents such as Olivia Rodrigo & Willow Smith) for her work as the Founder/CEO and Music Supervisor of The Broadway Sinfonietta, the acclaimed all-women and majority women-of-color orchestra. With an impressive resumé of high-profile international engagements spanning the globe -- from Music Supervising entertainment pieces for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, to projects in the UK, the Middle East, and India -- Macy has quickly risen to the top of her field as an artist, a businesswoman, and an advocate for women in entertainment. A Sony Music recording artist, her unique potpourri of creative entrepreneurship and esteemed musical reputation has also led her executive producing for TV/Media, creative music direction for pop & Broadway stars, speaking engagements, and more.
Also named a 2021 "Woman to Watch on Broadway" by the Broadway Women's Fund, Macy became the first woman of color orchestrator in Broadway history with her Additional Orchestrations of Kimberly Akimbo. Recent and upcoming stage credits include: Kimberly Akimbo (Broadway), TINA (Broadway), RIDE (London), Disney's Aida Revival (Developmental), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (West End / UK Tour), the musical adaptation of Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted (Off-Bway), and the infamous Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical (dir. Lucy Moss), for which her work was praised by The New York Times for its likeness to a "classic Disney Act I finale in the brassy manner of Alan Menken."
At just 23 years old, Macy recently founded The Broadway Sinfonietta, an all women and majority women-of-color orchestra collective. The Sinfonietta's debut performance video, which featured Macy's original arrangement of "You're Gonna Hear From Me," quickly caught the attention of the Broadway industry, shining a spotlight on the racial inequity within Broadway music departments. Since then, the orchestra has become highly sought-after, working regularly under commissions and brand sponsorships. Her work with the Sinfonietta has been featured by outlets such as NBC, CBS, Rolling Stone, Billboard, BuzzFeed, Grammy Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Backstage Magazine, Elle, TeenVogue, Playbill, and more.
In addition to her career as an orchestrator, Macy holds an accomplished resumé as a Music Director. Most recently, she has been providing Creative Music Direction to Broadway stars Adrienne Warren and Solea Pfeiffer on their solo performance careers. She has worked with renowned Tony Award-winning artists -- from performing with Kelli O'Hara at the nationally televised twentieth anniversary 9/11 memorial concert, to music directing numerous Broadway benefits & galas featuring performers such as Leslie Odom Jr., Ariana DeBose, Alex Newell, Brandon Victor Dixon, and countless others. Recently, she Music Directed the 2021 Vineyard Theatre Gala honoring Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Kander, as well as the 2021 Second Stage Gala, which featured performances from pop icons such as Brandy, Jordin Sparks, and Lady A's Hillary Scott.
Macy is known to take her work across the globe as well -- from Shanghai, where she music directed an international musical theatre program, to India, where she worked on the music team for the West End-bound stage adaptation of Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, to Qatar where she Music Supervised Monsoon Wedding's production run as part of the entertainment for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Additional productions and creative projects span the UK, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, Macy has been working to establish a network of international all-women 'satellite orchestras' around the world.