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Abstract

Straddling the role of conductor-teacher can be a daunting task for young artists. Providing space to hone both musical and pedagogical skills can lead to transformative moments for young conductor- teachers. As someone who experienced this complementary space first-hand, I can attest to the sustainable effects on one’s teaching and artistry. Moreover, coupled with the potential for merging the development of musical and pedagogical skills is the need for mentorship and modeling. In this article, I outline the ways in which a community youth chorale, the Westminster Conservatory Chorale, served as an incubator for young artists to practice balancing conducting and teaching skills, providing consistent mentorship for growth. I offer a personal reflection on the impact of Frank Abrahams’s mentorship and modeling, and the ways in which learning to be a conductor-teacher currently manifests in my current work as a professional conductor.

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