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of the world’s greatest auditoriums, this exciting career combines two of greatest reasons to live: music and travel. If that’s music to your ears, you better start keeping time.

Conductor Ever looked at that tuxedo-wearing person standing in front of an orchestra with a tiny baton and thought it looked like a pretty cool job? Well, despite being quite a niche profession, conducting is a genuine career path if you possess the perfect storm of skills and temperament needed to lead an orchestra to musical glory. Most conductors start out playing an instrument in an orchestra before giving it up to pursue conducting. Sometimes also known as musical directors or maestros, conductors must have the ability to read sheet music, comprehend all the terminology used for musical performances, and have a thorough understanding of all the instruments that make up an orchestra. Foreign language skills are also useful when trying to understand the terminology and converse with musicians from a wide range of backgrounds. Possessing crazy hair and a bit of eccentric flair seems to be helpful, but isn’t a prerequisite. Some naysayers believe that conductors aren’t necessary, however, conductors work to bring the very best out of the orchestra, elevating their performance to higher levels. Most orchestras and musical ensembles still elect to have a conductor to help the musicians work together seamlessly. And who would the audience look at without having a flailing-armed figure furiously whipping up energy at the front? As figureheads, conductors are ultimately responsible for the performance of an orchestra, so they need to be able to perform under pressure and work through problems without losing the plot. Any conductor who has invested the time to perfect the skills needed to successfully lead an orchestra will be rewarded with a juicy musical career full of life, colour and inspiration. Given the chance to work with some of the world’s best musicians, in some

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Education or qualifications: Although not essential, many conductors have degrees in the arts, music or music education fields. Experience required: Extensive experience working with orchestras and musicians is essential. Training: Many conductors learn the art through musical training of their own. Some graduate school programs offer training in the art of conducting. Restrictions: Must be able to read sheet music.

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