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Music conductors work with chamber orchestras, wind ensembles, concert bands, symphony orchestras, jazz bands, choirs, and orchestras which perform at operas, ballets, concerts or sound track recordings. Depending on the size of the ensemble, a conductor may perform different roles such as selecting the groups’ musical selections, conducting auditions to select players, organising rehearsals and working alongside an accountant and manager. However the main focus of this job is on the artistic performance of the ensemble. At times, conductors have extra sessions with soloists and meet with composers to evaluate the ensemble’s progress.


In most cases, conductors are good musician themselves with immense knowledge of different instruments and have been trained in understanding rhythm, phrasing and dynamics. A conductor’s years of training enable him or her to distinguish and hear each instrument separately and point out problems with each instrumentalist’s performance. Some conductors choose to become teachers, university lecturers and private institutions.