Things They Never Told You in Music School
So you recently graduated from a top-rated music program, landed your first Artistic Director job, and are eager to take the choral world by storm. What could be more exciting? You are ready for every situation that might come your way. After all, you can accurately perform a Roman numeral analysis on every choral work (even the ones by Igor Stravinsky), talk intelligently about every structure in the larynx, and know how to tune every chord tone of a Maj7(#11) chord to make it lock and ring.
Unfortunately, there are a few classes that haven’t made it into the standard curriculum at music schools that would have come in handy as you realize that being an Artistic Director of a community chorus is so much more than music. Here are a few things that you will soon learn are potentially more important than your conducting pattern.