Careers in Music: Conductor
October 9, 2008
Conductors most commonly rely on a supplemental income to support themselves and their families. Some conductors enjoy an international reputations, and are able to support themselves very well. There are also several hundred jobs around the world with major orchestras and opera companies, and music theater groups that provide comfortable salaries for conductors.
The greatest number of conductors are conductor/teachers in the public and private school system, and conductors for church choirs and community music groups.
Requirements for Conductor
Conductors are typically university trained musicians. While some graduate with a degree specifically in conducting, others will graduate with a degree in another area such as music performance. These conductors will later work to enhance their conducting skills through practice and opportunities the conduct bands and orchestras.