About This Career Path
Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.
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Projected job openings through 2024
Use gestures to shape the music being played, communicating desired tempo, phrasing, tone, color, pitch, volume, and other performance aspects.
Direct groups at rehearsals and live or recorded performances to achieve desired effects such as tonal and harmonic balance dynamics, rhythm, and tempo.
Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.
Consider such factors as ensemble size and abilities, availability of scores, and the need for musical variety, to select music to be performed.
Audition and select performers for musical presentations.
Plan and schedule rehearsals and performances, and arrange details such as locations, accompanists, and instrumentalists.
Position members within groups to obtain balance among instrumental or vocal sections.
Perform administrative tasks such as applying for grants, developing budgets, negotiating contracts, and designing and printing programs and other promotional materials.
Meet with soloists and concertmasters to discuss and prepare for performances.
Collaborate with music librarians to ensure availability of scores.
Common knowledge, skills & abilities needed to get a foot in the door.
Education and Training
Philosophy and Theology
Administration and Management
Judgment and Decision Making
Fluency of Ideas
Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications