Music Directors: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:55)
Joseph Conyers selects the music students will play at concerts based on their ages and abilities. He enjoys introducing classic music to new generations.
Music Directors: Career Beginnings (01:21)
Conyers began playing piano at age five and double bass at age eleven. He compares directing an orchestra to playing an instrument.
Music Directors: Keys for Success (01:35)
Conyers' requires patience and a willingness to grow as a musician.
Music Directors: Education and Certification Requirements (02:16)
Conyers discusses the various paths a musician might take before becoming a conductor, including getting a bachelor's degree in a specific instrument and playing in an orchestra.
Music Directors: Workplace Atmosphere (02:21)
Conyers discusses the challenges of directing different personalities and handling awkward situations. Hours are spent getting to know a musical piece to bring a fresh perspective.
Music Directors: Advice for Aspiring Pros (02:01)
Conyers outlines the detailed knowledge necessary for a musician to become a conductor and be successful at the highest levels.
Music Directors: A Day on the Job (02:15)
At a typical rehearsal, Conyers talks to the concert master about bowings, reviews solos with the wind musicians, becomes familiar with the venue, and answers questions from the musicians.
Music Directors: Industry Goals and Services (00:48)
A great conductor needs to be a great teacher. Before recordings, the classics were passed down from teacher to student.
Music Directors: Industry Challenges (00:58)
Conyers discusses the decline in interest in instrumental music as electronics become more popular.
Music Directors: Looking at the Future (01:35)
Though many orchestras are struggling, Conyers is excited about new opportunities for young people and the use of music for social change.
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