By Ramona M. Wis

This publication applies company rules to the duty of prime a musical ensemble.

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An exciting event for audience and performers alike, it is a kind of concert that demands detailed planning and direction to pull off. Seeing this or any kind of performance first hand, such as demonstration concerts, lecture concerts, collaborative festivals, multi-media performances or audience participation concerts gets the visionary wheels turning and encourages us to think about our own programming and concert design in new and creative ways. Studying the profession also gives us the opportunity to explore trends in thinking about the art form itself specifically as it relates to the kind of organization we lead.

The conductor who wants to lead well recognizes these distinctions and as we will see, understands the importance of relationships: with the ensemble, the public and with the music. In short, conductor-leaders are keenly aware of their multi-faceted influence and strive to use this influence to improve the lives of all they encounter. Choosing Our Approach to Leadership If we use our influence in the most positive way—focusing on the needs of the individual musicians as well as the ensemble, and on the integrity of our art—we are leading by serving.

Leaders are able to set goals for themselves and for those they lead and they have the ability to help others see and move toward those goals. Leaders provide direction and purpose. , 1989). indd 23 10/29/07 4:31:01 PM The Conductor as Leader • Ramona Wis A mark of leaders…is that they are better than most at pointing the direction. As long as one is leading, one always has a goal…. [T]he leader always knows what it is and can articulate it for any who are unsure. 19 Vision is a critical topic in books on corporate leadership and management because with all the tasks and pressures it is easy for leaders to get caught up in the everyday, shortsighted, right-infront-of-your-nose details that they can’t see the bigger picture.

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