Orchestra Conductor

Conduct instrumental music groups, such as orchestras and dance bands.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $85,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Orchestra Conductors do?

Conducts instrumental music groups, such as orchestras and dance bands: Auditions and selects members of group. Selects music to accommodate talents and abilities of group and to suit type of performance to be given. Positions members within group to obtain balance among instrumental sections. Directs group at rehearsals and performances to achieve desired effects, such as tonal and harmonic balance, dynamics, rhythms, tempos, and shadings, utilizing knowledge of conducting techniques, music theory and harmony, range and characteristics of instruments, and talents of individual performers. May transcribe musical compositions and melodic lines to adapt them to or create particular style for group [ARRANGER]. May schedule tours and performances and arrange for transportation and lodging. May be designated according to specialization as Conductor, Dance Band; Conductor, Symphonic-Orchestra.

Should I be an Orchestra Conductor?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.

  • Also known as: Conductor, Dance Band, Conductor, Orchestra, Conductor, Symphonic-Orchestra

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