Welcome to the Careers Office!
How do you become a conductor? What do you need to know and which personal skills do you need to develop? How do you get an agent and who hires conductors? Is there a foolproof road to success?
There are many answers to these types of questions and in ConductIT’s Careers Office, we try to answer some of them in several ways. In addition to sharing our own thoughts on career development, we have asked a number of young conductors as well as professional and experienced conductors, teachers, musicians and other music business stakeholders to share their experiences and opinions. What they say is important to consider if you want to develop a successful and long-lasting career. Their advice and comments are presented in texts and video interviews throughout the Careers Office, organised in three parts:
This covers key insights into training and studying conducting. We present an educational roadmap to conducting and have talked to no less than ten early career conductors about how they got their careers started.
There are oh-so many possible career paths. Is your ambition to conquer the international stage as a conductor? If so, study the section about the Others will be working with young musicians in schools or universities, or with amateurs in orchestras, choirs or bands. What is important to consider when stepping into the non-professional music sector?
Learning from the best. Becoming a fully trained and complete conductor is a lifelong process. Your leadership qualities, communication skills and artistic convictions play a big part in how musicians and employers perceive you both on and off the stage. Make sure you read and watch the interviews here if you are interested in developing your own soft skills as well as your technical skills.