Carl Topilow, conductor

Each orchestral musician needs to be aware of his or her role within each phrase – are you playing the melody, countermelody, harmony, rhythmic pulse – and the relative importance of each. Note lengths, articulation, phrase direction – listening to your fellow orchestra members and fitting your part appropriately.

John Nelson, conductor

Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music? The seed was planted in high school when I attended a three-week music camp at Westminster Choir College. At the end its famous conductor, John Finley Williams, looked intensely into my eyes and said, “young man, I’ve been watching you….