Yesterday’s post about recent events in San Antonio sparked some interesting comments regarding the current supply and demand of quality conductors. In fact, some readers believe that an ensemble like the San Antonio Symphony should favor hiring conductors that have more of a born-and-bred element over bringing in someone from the outside…
The issue sparked a good series of comments but with regard to the current supply and demand status of conductors, I’m not aware of any study that concluded there is any sort of shortage of good conductors. Instead, I make my determination based on numerous conversations I have with professional orchestra musicians and managers, many of which seem to feel that there aren’t enough conductors to fill the number of available slots throughout the U.S.
As such, I want to present the following questions:
- Are there not enough qualified conductors to go around?
- If so, are under-qualified conductors being overpaid and making unreasonable demands on smaller budget orchestras?
- Are orchestra board’s too susceptible to the “maestro mystique”?
- What do you think?
Even though this issues has been discussed at Adaptistration before (with regard to the issue of music director compensation) this is an absolutely worthwhile topic to return to in the here-and-now. Give the comments from yesterday a read and then send in a comment and share your observations and thoughts.