Conductor

Lead, guide, or direct an orchestra.

What does a Conductor do?

The role of a music conductor is vital to an orchestra or opera, as the conductor leads or guides the musicians or singers to perform and sing correctly in perfect harmony. As a conductor, you discuss your interpretations or ideas with the orchestra or musicians to make sure everyone is on the same page. To conduct well, you must study music and have a good understanding of the piece you are conducting. A conductor must not only be able to interpret music well, but also listen with a well-trained ear to all the instruments and singers he is leading. Although there are formal styles of leading, you can decide what suits you best. You must clearly communicate to the group the different aspects of a piece, including rhythm, intensity, and tempo. You use a single baton in one hand to accentuate your gestures while conducting.

Key skills of conductors are the ability to interpret music well, have good control over the group, and have strong leadership skills. All conductors must undergo formal training and education to acquire a degree in music.