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What a conductor actually does on stage

It’s more than just dancing around.

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If you’ve ever seen an orchestra perform you’ve probably had a difficult time looking away from the person dead center on the stage – the conductor. It’s hard to miss someone as they swing their arms around pointing at the musicians that seem to be focused instead on their music stands. So what exactly is the conductor doing?

We decided to ask James Gaffigan – a conductor who recently guest conducted the New York Philharmonic in Central Park – just what it is that makes a conductor so necessary and how their actions shape the performance. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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Jonathan Roe : I would like to hear a song WITH a conductor. And then hear the same song WITHOUT a conductor.
Lara M : Things a conductor does (among others):
- Keeps everyone in time, when the music slows or gets faster, he makes sure everyone does so at the same rate
- Cues different sections to come in. Sometimes rhythms are very tricky and the conductor helps by indicating when to play and where
- Dynamics. They're written in the music but he indicates to the players to what extent and how soft or loud they should be. He keeps the balance between the different sections so all the key parts can be heard within the full sound of the orchestra. Sometimes sections get too loud, so he can decide to push them back and reminds them to keep quiet, etc.
- Articulation + interpretation. His gestures tell the players how to play - sharply, strongly, smooth, etc. Also shows how to play the phrase, with motion towards a certain note etc.
- Sometimes you get lost while performing and the conductor is useful to get back in time as he clearly indicates the first beat of each bar.
Basically the conductor is like a director! He is the one with the artistic vision and helps the musicians to achieve it. The orchestra rehearses with the conductor many times before a performance - this is where he conveys to the musicians what he would like them to do etc. It is much like rehearsals of a play - the actors can learn their lines on their own but the director helps them come to life. The conductor is needed again during the performance to bring it all together and reminds each section of what to do like they have been practicing in rehearsal! Hope this helps :)
KT : I used to play violin in school, and when my teacher would be the conductor during a performance, I would notice that my mind almost goes blank. I have the music in front of me, but I would know the songs so well that I would hardly glace at it most of the time. She was able to give me the cues so well and show me how I should be playing, it was like my fingers on the strings and my hand on the bow would play on their own. It was such a big difference to me when comparing her standing in front of us, versus during a lesson when she would sometimes be moving around the class (to better hear how individuals were doing), and letting us play while giving verbal cues.
If someone were to ask me, "What does a conductor do?", I feel like my answer wouldn't do it justice. Even this video doesn't really do it justice. The only way for people to really get it, is to play in an orchestra.
Kevin : "So, what instrument do you play ?"
Conductor: " an orchestra "
Gabriel Da Silva : I've heard that metal is a good conductor.

In rehearsal: Simon Rattle conducts 6 Berlin school orchestras

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The School Orchestra Extravaganzas of the Berliner Philharmoniker's education programme are always a big event, and this year's meeting in February was no different. Six Berlin school orchestras had rehearsed excerpts from Grieg's Peer Gynt suites for the big day under the guidance of members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and the conductor of the public performance in the Philharmonie was none other than Sir Simon Rattle.

Sie sind immer ein großes Fest: Die Schulorchestertreffen des Education-Programms der Berliner Philharmoniker. So war es auch im Februar 2013. Sechs Berliner Schulorchester hatten sich unter Anleitung von Musikern der Berliner Philharmoniker auf den großen Tag vorbereitet und Auszüge aus Griegs Peer Gynt-Suiten einstudiert. Dirigent der öffentlichen Aufführung in der Philharmonie war kein geringerer als Sir Simon Rattle.
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Evandro Nakazone : I don´t even know how i got here aber es war ein fantastisch orchester.
Hans M : I have to respect someone who can be so concise, and give so much criticism, without sounding like a jerk. It's a true art
StuffBuddy : I love how he transitions between crazy German man and a polished English accent
Evolution Rocks : I had the luxury of working with Sir Simon, when I was in National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, during the proms season and he was such a nice guy, but he would come down hard if we messed around too much. Thing is he KNEW what we were like as he used to play Timpani there many years ago, so he understood what it was like from our point of view. He even complimented me on my violin playing during the interval.

My head couldn't fit out of the door after that
Cevin Church : This makes me want to abandon my medical studies and start playing in an orchestra. Or just turn back time and force my young self to study an instrument.

Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders. \r
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Abdel Berrio : List of contuctors:
1:20, Carlos Kleiber with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
4:28, Riccardo Muti
7:29, Richard Strauss
9:08, Herbert von Karajan
11:57, Carlos Kleiber
14:24, Carlos Kleiber
17:17, Leonard Bernstein
19:27, Leonard Bernstein
Lynette Lai : I got more out of this 20 minute presentation than I did in my conducting class. This is interesting, informative and inspiring, if only all professors can teach like this.
Eugene Lee : I was totally inspired by your TED talk. I love the topic of leadership and conducting, but have long been frustrated that people who talk about leadership don't know anything about conducting. I recently had the honor and privilege of presenting at TEDx in Santa Barbara and gave a talk called "Breathing Together - Leadership Lessons from Musical Ensembles" - hope you find it interesting. For some reason I can't put the link in here but you can find it by searching for the title.
Noel Giger : This was a wonderful, fresh and unexpected take on leadership! Perfect for the music lover: )
Paulo Santos : Also shows that there are almost so many types of leadership as leaders ... and a lot of them can be very effective




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