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The Young Conductor I - Introduction

Welcome back! I hope you all had a good break. It's time for a new series, this time thoughts on the preparation for the young conductor. This could mean an undergraduate planning on a career in music education, or it could mean a young conductor, teacher, or graduate student who's started his/her career. How does one develop the skills necessary to be a fine conductor? What will make the difference between just adequate skills (even good ones) and excellence? I'm speaking of those things outside your classes/curriculum--what can you do to be the best you can be?
 
We'll start with your passion for the art of choral music. If you don't love choral music it's unlikely you'll spend the time necessary to achieve all of which you're capable. But . . .  you're not likely to be reading this if you aren't in love with what we do!
 
I hope so, anyway. I've been at this a long time, but I still love "talking shop" -- I'll happily spend hours talking about almost any aspect of choral music. So that's your starting place: your passion and love for this art.
 
(and another thought--and again, you won't be reading this unless you're already doing this--ACDA can be a huge part of your education--glad you're here!)
on January 16, 2014 7:13am
I am eager to see how this blog develops. Thanks for this focus.
on January 16, 2014 10:31am
This is great!  Thank you for starting this series.
on January 16, 2014 1:39pm
Yay for this series!  One thing I'm working on as a "young" conductor who is also a proficient pianist is not leaning too much on the instrument to help me in rehearsal.  It's a difficult balance.  I agree- passion for this art is the necessary starting place.  Once you have that, the nuts and bolts take some tuning: not everyday is goosebump-inducing, and it takes awhile until you feel appreciated for the work that you do.  It's hard to build a choir program!