Preparation for Conducting an Orchestra

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The conductor is responsible for the sound and performance of his orchestra. Learn how a symphony orchestra conductor prepares for a performance in this free conducting lesson from an experienced conductor.

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Conducting an orchestra can be a daunting task, be it a string ensemble or an entire symphony. The job requires an extensive knowledge of music scoring as well as a natural gift to distinguish proper pitch and tone. And beyond the music basics, a conductor has to be an entertainer, involving their musicians as well as their audience in the piece they are conducting. The conductor is the focus of attention for the entire performance venue, so they must follow the proper etiquette and established rules and at the same time keep the crowd entertained and involved.

In this free series on conducting a classical orchestra, our experienced conductor will tell you what you need to become a conductor. Start with a thorough knowledge of classical music and become familiar with the score you will be conducting. Then follow Brandon's basic tips for using the conducting baton and adjusting the music stand. Afraid that you might make a faux pas in the sophisticated world of classical music? Not to worry! Brandon discusses everything from what to wear to how to take your bow at the end of a performance. The series also includes tips on how to tune

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