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Music Directors - 27-2041.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Artistic Director
  • Chancel Choir Director
  • Children's Choir Director
  • Choir Director
  • Conductor
  • Handbell Choir Director
  • Music Director
  • Music Minister
  • Music Ministries Director
  • Worship Arts Director

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Assign and review staff work in such areas as scoring, arranging, and copying music, and vocal coaching.
  • Audition and select performers for musical presentations.
  • Collaborate with music librarians to ensure availability of scores.
  • Conduct guest soloists in addition to ensemble members.
  • Confer with clergy to select music for church services.
  • Consider such factors as ensemble size and abilities, availability of scores, and the need for musical variety, to select music to be performed.
  • Coordinate and organize tours, or hire touring companies to arrange concert dates, venues, accommodations, and transportation for longer tours.
  • Direct groups at rehearsals and live or recorded performances to achieve desired effects such as tonal and harmonic balance dynamics, rhythm, and tempo.
  • Engage services of composers to write scores.
  • Meet with composers to discuss interpretations of their work.
  • Meet with soloists and concertmasters to discuss and prepare for performances.
  • Perform administrative tasks such as applying for grants, developing budgets, negotiating contracts, and designing and printing programs and other promotional materials.
  • Plan and implement fundraising and promotional activities.
  • Plan and schedule rehearsals and performances, and arrange details such as locations, accompanists, and instrumentalists.
  • Position members within groups to obtain balance among instrumental or vocal sections.
  • Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.
  • Transcribe musical compositions and melodic lines to adapt them to a particular group, or to create a particular musical style.
  • Use gestures to shape the music being played, communicating desired tempo, phrasing, tone, color, pitch, volume, and other performance aspects.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Audition or interview potential performers or staff members.
  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
  • Collaborate with others to prepare or perform artistic productions.
  • Confer with clients to determine needs.
  • Coordinate artistic activities.
  • Coordinate logistics for productions or events.
  • Coordinate musical rehearsals or performances.
  • Create musical compositions, arrangements or scores.
  • Design layout of art or product exhibits, displays, or promotional materials.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Direct fundraising or financing activities.
  • Negotiate for services.
  • Promote products, activities, or organizations.
  • Select staff, team members, or performers.
  • Study details of musical compositions.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Army Music (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Band (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Band Master (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Band Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Bandmaster (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Bandmaster (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Bandmaster (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Bands Senior Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Basic Music Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Basic Music Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Ceremonial Conductor-Drum Major (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Director/Assistant Director "The President's Own" U.S.M.C. Band (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Director/Assistant Director, The President's Own, U.S. Marine Band (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Director/Assistant Director, The President's Own, U.S. Marine Band (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Drum Major (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Enlisted Band Leader (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Enlisted Conductor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Bandmaster (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Music Director (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Musician (Army - Enlisted)
  • Musician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Musician Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Premier Band (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Premier Band Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Premier Band Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Premier Band Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Audio And Lighting Engineer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Bagpipe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Baritone and Euphonium (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Bassoon (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Clarinet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Cornet and Trumpet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Electric Bass/String Bass (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Flute and Piccolo (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Horn (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Instrumentalist, General (Air National Guard Bands) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Music Arranger (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Oboe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Percussion (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Piano (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Saxophone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Steel Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Trombone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Tuba (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Vocalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Audio And Lighting Engineer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Bagpipe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Baritone and Euphonium (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Bassoon (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Clarinet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Cornet and Trumpet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Electric Bass/string Bass (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Flute and Piccolo (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Horn (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Instrumentalist, General (Air National Guard Bands) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Music Arranger (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Oboe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Percussion (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Piano (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Saxophone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Steel Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Trombone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Tuba (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Vocalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Audio and Lighting Engineer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Bagpipe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Baritone and Euphonium (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Bassoon (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Clarinet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Cornet and Trumpet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Electric Bass/String Bass (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Flute and Piccolo (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Horn (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Instrumentalist, General (Air National Guard Bands) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Music Arranger (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Oboe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Percussion (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Piano (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Saxophone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Steel Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Trombone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Tuba (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Vocalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Audio And Lighting Engineer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Bagpipe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Baritone and Euphonium (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Bassoon (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Clarinet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Cornet and Trumpet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Electric Bass/String Bass (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Flute and Piccolo (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Horn (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Instrumentalist, General (Air National Guard Bands) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Music Arranger (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Oboe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Percussion (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Piano (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Saxophone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Steel Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Trombone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Tuba (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Vocalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Small Ensemble Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Special Band Musician (Army - Enlisted)
  • Staff Officer, "The President's Own," U.S.M.C. Band (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Staff Officer, The President's Own, U.S. Marine Band (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Unit Leader (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Choral Director
  • Conductor, Orchestra
  • Director, Music