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Classical Breakdown

10. What does a conductor do?

December 17, 2019

It takes a lot of work to be a conductor, the planning process for a concert can start years in advance, there are scores to read, and musical decisions to be made. Michelle Merrill tells us all about the process, her role as a conductor, and her journey as a musician. There might also be a rapid-fire question round at the end. 

Show Notes

Learn more about Michelle Merrill here

Conductor batons made by Newland

Videos mentioned in this episode

Leonard Bernstein conducting with just his face.

The different sounds of the opening chords of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

Michelle Merrill conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral"

Michelle Merrill on one of her favorite conductors.