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I imagine a world where conductors make artistic organizations great like CEOs make businesses great--by being of service to its people.

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Perks & costs

Posted by Tiffany Chang on February 21, 2021 at 9:50 AM

Title has nothing to do with leadership. Leadership has everything to do with trust.

 

When we are given the privilege of being the leader, we enjoy many perks: the bigger office, higher salary, fancy title, name on dressing room door, people bringing us coffee, the authority to tell others what to do. All those perks come with a cost. When we are faced with danger and threat, leaders are expected to protect those in their charge, even if it means sacrificing their own comfor...

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To go first

Posted by Tiffany Chang on February 15, 2021 at 10:45 PM

What does leadership mean in music? First, we must consider that to lead means to go first, to be the first to do something. Once the leader goes and does it, everyone else follows because they think "oh, I can do it too."

 

I'm interested in why don't more musicians want to go first? Musicians are creative, curious, courageous people, so why are there not millions of musical innovators and leaders pushing the envelope? Why would we rather sit there and be told what to do? Th...

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Conductor as CEO - starting the conversation

Posted by Tiffany Chang on February 15, 2021 at 2:20 PM

I imagine a world where conductors make artistic organizations great like CEOs make businesses great--by being of service to its people.


Why is there growing dissent and declining job fulfillment for ensemble musicians? Why are there more stories about conflicts between orchestras and conductors compared to stories about conductors fighting for their orchestras? Why don't conductors focus on making things better for musicians? I'm thinking beyond matters of artistry, salary,...

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