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Alexander provides a brief history of conducting, the role of conductor as a communicator and the importance of respecting your colleagues.
As a basic rule conducting is about body language. It's about indicating to a group of musicians as quickly and as succinctly as possible how to perform certain aspects of the music.
The contemporary role of a conductor is of course quite complex. If you're a professional conductor or a Music Director you have to think about many, many aspects outside of simply rehearsing and working with an orchestra.
You need to think about which artists to engage, what repertoire to perform, what repertoire to commission. How to communicate with your audience; both local, regional and national. How to be an advocate for the music that you love and care for so deeply.