Conducting qualifications - do you have what it takes to be a conductor

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An introduction to the requirements of the choral conductor.

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Conducting qualifications - do you have what it takes to be a conductor

  1. 1. ConductingQualifications { Do you have what it takes?
  2. 2. What are the most important musical and personal qualifications for a successful conductor?The question
  3. 3.  What are the most important musical and personal qualifications for a successful conductor?
  4. 4. Total commitment to the music-Richard CoxAbility to Communicate and Inspire-Eph Ehly
  5. 5. Musicianship, intelligence, passion to communicate throughword/gesture, and an understanding of how people learn.- Joseph FlummerfeltHonest love of people, leadership skills, self-motivation -- John Haberlen)Enthusiasm for the work, an understanding of the music, genuineconcern for people- Joseph Huszti)
  6. 6.  Good musician, one that knows the craft  Silent language that communicate ideas  Understand performance practices of all the periods  How to produce good tone, develop sense of ensembleAl McNeil
  7. 7. “I remember Roger Wagner telling me that a conductor must know what he wants, know how to obtain it, and be able to obtain it. That fact that we are choral conductors implies that we know what we want.”Paul Salamunovich
  8. 8.  Wide background in vocal and instrumental music  Theory composition, and musicological training  Achieved a high level of artistic and technical maturity instrumentally or vocally  Piano proficiency  Know voice as well as voice teacher  Love and sensitivity of music being performedKenneth Jennings
  9. 9.  Sense of humor  Enjoy the practice of learning music (rehearsal)  An understanding and vision for each vocal line and how it all fits together  Perseverance, a commitment to getting it right.  Insightful programming  Commitment to improving yourself as a person and musician  Understanding of the community of choral conductors and an attitude of service for the greater goodPhilip Copeland

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