Conducting the Masses

Scholarship Entrant: Solomon from Temple Terrace, Florida
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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When you think of classical music what do you usually think of? You think of violins, orchestras, beautiful melodies and dare I say it…Beethoven!! But what about the fearless leader who shapes and leads the mass of orchestral players in the concert hall? What about the conductor? From the time I was a boy I was fascinated with the conductor. Orchestra conducting is an often overlooked and misunderstood aspect of classical music that is really quite powerful. By being a conductor, you can expose audiences of all ages to the joy and diversity of music. Most importantly the conductor has the opportunity for outreach concerts in the community to reach people who can’t come to the concert hall. Through these concerts young children can be exposed to the power of music and communities can come together through a mutual bond of enjoying music. Who knows…. maybe a hardcore rocker will come to like the mastery of a Bach prelude!!
But how does one become a conductor? Many conductors take different paths. Some go straight to conservatories and some go to college. I plan to stay in college to receive my Bachelor’s in Music Education then go on to do graduate work in Orchestral Conducting. While in college I will focus on my playing the piano and music theory. No matter what path is taken, the dream of sharing beautiful music to the masses is worth all of the hard work and success.

Vote for Solomon: 8

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