What Does a Conductor Do?

By Tamika Thompson

Many have witnessed the brilliance of an orchestra conductor, standing before the symphony, holding a baton and directing the performance of some of classical music’s most difficult pieces. But he or she does not play an instrument during the performance, and, in fact, doesn’t make a sound. So, what does a conductor actually do? A lot, according to Los Angeles Philharmonic trumpeter Chris Still. In this video, Still explains the role of a conductor and why that person is vital to the performance.

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