Conductor

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Music Industry Careers
Music Industry Careers

What does a conductor do? The conductor fulfills myriad duties from choosing musical selections to setting the rehearsal schedule. Their most public responsibility is that of physically leading an orchestra or other musical group through a performance, but countless hours of work and preparation go into that event. In addition to choosing what music will be performed, the conductor reviews the score to determine whether or not adjustments need to be made and makes decisions related to the interpretation of the piece. Working in tandem with the performers, they shape the sound of the music that will be performed. Months of rehearsals may go into the presentation of a handful of highly polished performances.

Conductors may also set the rehearsal schedule and be responsible for auditioning and hiring performers. In many ways, they are the public face of the orchestra, and they make frequent appearances for interviews and fundraisers. Every day is different for people who hold conductor jobs. They have to be very organized and flexible to deal with the myriad demands that make up their schedule.


  • Select music to be performed and analyze it for interpretation and nuance.

  • Lead rehearsal for various orchestra sections or the full orchestra.

  • Run auditions if the orchestra is looking for new talent to add to its roster.

  • Coordinate with the orchestra's administrative team for various business and logistical matters.

  • Attend fundraising events or give interviews.

  • Conduct performances.

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