Last week on "All Things Considered" they aired an interesting story about scientific research into whether or not the conductor makes a difference in the musical output of a symphony.
Click on this link to hear that story: do-orchestras-really-need-conductors
The next day I was able to have a chat with Sachi Murasugi of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra about the position of "Concert Master" which goes by many different appelations, some of which mean different things within the orchestra. To hear that, look under our "Classical Chat" section for SSO Concert Master.
Both these stories dovetail nicely about leadership positions within an orchestra, and the various shades of the positions within different performance combinations.
*** Teacher's note: Here's a chance to make a listening assignment and have students report on the set up of an orchestra and what it takes to lead or play. ***
Kara Dahl Russell