Inputting divisi changes

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You can input divisi changes on any section player staff. Divisi changes can last for any duration and include any number of staves.

  • You cannot input divisi changes on staves belonging to single players. If you want to notate music for a single player across multiple staves, you can add extra staves instead.

  • Divisi changes apply in all applicable layouts. However, you can condense divisi changes in each layout independently.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.

    • Select an item on the staff and at the rhythmic position from which you want to divide.

  2. Choose Edit > Notations > Staff > Change Divisi to open the Change Divisi dialog. You can also choose this option from the context menu.
  3. In the Change Divisi dialog, create the divisi you want.

    For example, if you want to divide the player into two sections, click Add Section Division.

  4. Optional: Edit the staff labels.
  5. Click OK.


The selected staff is divided into the number and types of staves specified in the Change Divisi dialog, either from the caret position during note input or from the selected item outside of note input. A signpost is shown at the position of the divisi change.

The divisi change applies from the selected item until the next existing divisi change or the end of the flow, whichever comes first. It appears in all applicable layouts.

If the divisi change occurs partway through a system, any extra staves are automatically shown across the whole system. A unison range is created automatically to replicate any tutti material onto all staves added by the divisi change.

Divisi changes start new phrases for condensing from their rhythmic position.


The number of staves in a system is defined by the first divisi change in the system, including prevailing divisi changes from previous systems. If you input a new divisi change partway through a system with an existing divisi change active at its start, the number of staves is not changed to reflect the new divisi change until the next system.

After Completing This Task

  • You can input further divisi changes at any position or end the divisi passage.

  • You can enable condensing for selected layouts, including condensing divisi staves.