Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.
- Engage services of composers to write scores.
- Meet with composers to discuss interpretations of their work.
- Conduct guest soloists in addition to ensemble members.
- Collaborate with music librarians to ensure availability of scores.
- Coordinate and organize tours, or hire touring companies to arrange concert dates, venues, accommodations, and transportation for longer tours.
- Plan and implement fundraising and promotional activities.
- Perform administrative tasks such as applying for grants, developing budgets, negotiating contracts, and designing and printing programs and other promotional materials.
- Assign and review staff work in such areas as scoring, arranging, and copying music, and vocal coaching.
- Meet with soloists and concertmasters to discuss and prepare for performances.
- Audition and select performers for musical presentations.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: AES.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Enterprising and Social environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.
- Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
- Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
- Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
- Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
In 2014, the average annual wage in United States was $55,230 with most people making between $21,610 and $91,860
During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 77,600 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 81,100 employed in 2022.
This occupation will have about 350 openings due to growth and about 2,090 replacement openings for approximately 2,440 total annual openings.
onetMusic Composers and Arrangers
collegeCalifornia State University-Long Beach
collegeCalifornia Institute of the Arts
majorMusic Performance, General
collegeUniversity of Southern California