The Conductor of an Ensemble

A conductor leading an orchestra
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A conductor is someone who leads and guides an orchestra or a group of singers to perform a piece to the best of their abilities. Conductors work in theater or stage plays, film or TV scores, lead orchestras and choirs that are either amateurs or pros.

What does a conductor do?

The conductor makes sure that the music piece is interpreted properly by acting as the guide to the musicians or singers. He chooses and studies the music score, may make certain adjustments to it and relay his ideas to the performers so that when the music is played, there is unity and harmony. He schedules rehearsals plan the orchestra's repertoire and attend to other matters concerning the group he leads.

What educational background should a conductor have?

Education and experience are what makes a good conductor, or for that matter, anyone who wants to attain a goal. Conductors often have degrees in music, knows how to play an instrument or several instruments, can sight-read, has a good ear, a broad knowledge of music history, styles, and functions of various musical instruments, have taken post-graduate courses with an emphasis on conducting and have experience leading ensembles whether they be amateurs or pros.

What are the qualities of a good conductor?

A good conductor is one that is comfortable leading a group, a great motivator, and communicator, has a strong stage presence, well-organized, flexible, especially in his schedule and loves to travel. They can build a connection with the musicians and uses hand gestures or signals that the musicians clearly understands.

Why become a conductor?

Although this field is extremely competitive, becoming a conductor, especially to well-established orchestras, is both lucrative, gratifying and a position that is well-respected.

Classic Examples

James Levine, one of the best conductors of our time.