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Humor: On the Dynamic between a Conductor and Horn Player

Our dubious colleague Mr. Archibald Noodlefish* returns for further commentary, sharing his odd take on a well-known quote from Sir Simon Rattle about orchestral...

Fried Horns, by William Melton

Today we welcome an article by hornist and scholar William Melton, with a link to a fascinating recording of Mahler 2 (the first complete...

Playing ‘dominoes’ with the conductor

This video is a fun satire of how a conductor really should not behave. Although in the much broader and very figurative sense, this...

What is the difference between an orchestra and a bull?

A twist on an old joke. Wait for the final punch. WARNING: PG-13 rating for brief cartoon female nudity. I blame it on crazed groupies...

Orchestra 101 Special Edition: What Conductors Think About Horn Players

Horn players think a lot of things about conductors. They are our bosses, make a lot more money, and can generally make life hard...

Two Typical Leadership Styles of Conductors to Watch For

With regard to leadership there are basically two types of music conductors: Those that lead from the side Those that lead from the front Conductors that lead...

Conductors: Time and Gesture

I can remember the first time I worked with a world class conductor. His manner and mannerisms were so different from what I was...

But I Was Following the Conductor!

If I were to add one more point to "Who's the New Guy?" - an article with advice for young music professionals - it...

Conductors Say the Darndest Things II

The great American horn teacher Philip Farkas had a story about water in the horn that he loved to tell. Nancy Fako relates the...

Conductors Say the Darndest Things, part I

Earlier this year I had a couple interactions with conductors (not in Arizona) that gave me pause. One conductor, on a work that was...