Chapter 3What Do Your Players Want?

Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally, it is being someone who is a coach, a trainer, an editor, a director.

—Michael Tilson Thomas

As I started as a shy young conductor, I always wanted to cooperate. To build up the musicians. To help them to be better than without a conductor. And sometimes young talented musicians have to be encouraged.

—Kurt Masur

This book is for and about you, the manager. But there’s another side of the story—the players. You can’t do much without them.

Imagine a symphony orchestra. It’s a large group, made up of violins, violas, cellos, bass, percussion, woodwinds, brass, and sometimes more instruments. At any given concert, there might be a few ...

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