The Professional Industry
As is pointed out in previous chapters, being a conductor is much more than just performing on a stage. Developing conducting skills on and off the podium is the first step towards a professional conducting career. The next is to use your knowledge to build a career suited to your ambitions.
When choosing conducting as your occupation, establishing yourself in the industry is a challenge that all professionals are faced with. Very few conductors can afford the luxury of being able to pick and choose between job offers from prestigious orchestras, especially so immediately after having completed their education. Knowing how parts of the music industry work and how large professional institutions are organised can be helpful when you’re trying to get a foot in the door. In this section, you will gain insight into the professional music business. You will learn about: