PT104: Common Sense and Working with People, with Carl Topilow

Today we’re excited to speak with conductor Carl Topilow all about his new book, The Orchestral Conductor’s Career Handbook. We cover his advice for young conductors and musicians wanting to start conducting, how to make sure you’re ready to win an audition, and how to pick the best school for you.

PT104: Common Sense and Working with People: Carl Topilow on Advice for Beginning Conductors, Standing out in Auditions, and How to Pick the Program that’s Right for You

Today we discuss:

  • 05:21 Introduction to Carl’s new book; The Orchestral Conductor’s Career Handbook 
  • 08:38 Advice on where young musicians should start their journey to conducting
  • 19:24 How to pick a program that’s right for you, and the factors that can bring forward or hold back an auditioning conductor
  • 38:54 Advice for some of Carl’s favorite people: young musicians and fresh graduates
  • 50:21 The most important lessons that Carl learned from other conductors and teachers
  • 1:00:24 Hidden Gems and Final advice

Hidden Gems:

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