Combining Two or More Instruments Into a Single Part in Sibelius

In Sibelius, some instruments, such as piano or harp, automatically appear as a grand staff part. However, many times, it is desirable to create a part which combines two or more staves from the score into a single part.

For instance, you might want to combine Violin 1 and Violin 2 onto the same part, or perhaps you have several percussion instruments that should appear in a percussion part score, or an SATB chorus that you’d like all on the same part. Here’s how:

I’ll combine Violin 1 & 2 in this example.

In Sibelius 7:

  1. Go to the Parts Tab.
  2. Click the “+” plus sign on the right end of the Ribbon to select and open Violin 1.
  3. With Violin 1 open, the “Staves In Part” button becomes visible in the Setup Group of the Parts Tab.
  4. Click on the button, and the Staves in Part dialog will open. Violin 1 will appear in the right side of the window.
  5. In the left side of the Staves In Part window, locate Violin 2 and select it so that it is highlighted.
  6. Click the Add to Part >> button to move Violin 2 to the right column.
  7. OK the dialog.
  8. Now, press the File Tab > Info and change the Part Name from Violin 1 to “Violin 1&2”

In Sibelius 6:

  1. Select Violin 1 from the Parts Window so its name is highlighted.
  2. Click the Staves in Part button in the Parts Window.
  3. Click on the Staves in Part button. The dialog will open. Violin 1 will appear in the right side of the window (see above).
  4. In the left side of the Staves In Part window, locate Violin 2 and select it so that it is highlighted.
  5. Click the Add to Part >> button to move Violin 2 to the right column.
  6. OK the dialog.
  7. Double click the Instrument name to change the Part Name from Violin 1 to “Violin 1&2”
Sibelius 6 Parts Window  

That’s it! That’s all there is to it.