Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Jobs for student conductors

Pluses and minuses?

Some ten years ago, in January 2000, The first CE Job Centre opened on the Internet. It soon became apparent that this website was being used by student-conductors seeking holiday jobs and by people looking for students to employ. One could see the attraction from both sides. One could also see grounds for caution, again for both sides in such transactions.

In response to this, in 2000, some brief notes of guidance were prepared.You can read them again in full here –
Ten years down the line the course at NICE in Birmingham continues and, in much larger numbers, the Pető Institute in Budapest has recently changed to training a different kind of conductor. Tsad Kadima in Israel is starting up training again, again soon, recast for the twenty-first century. Aquinas College in Grand Rapids may be restarting up again too – also, one gathers, with a modified course. There is also the complication of the training course for 'conductor-aides', recently announced by the Pető Institute, to begin this September.

Like ten years ago, therefore, there is a significant range of courses and, one presumes, a corresponding range of what students need and what they can offer in return.

Two financial points were not mentioned in the guidance of ten years ago, the question of wages (and expenses) and possible insurance problems. Presumably there is useful experience on both to be shared.

In default of anything from other sources, the former document is republished here.

Particularly interesting would be to hear what students think.

1 comment:

  1. Lily Mira Auer writes to me on Facebook –

    'There's nothing about training conductors, it's just an article about all Hungarian universities and colleges, names of deans and contact information, our institute included. The list is not even in order of popularity.'

    To which she adds – ·

    'We're a small country, fashion advice and college contact is packed in one neat magazine:)'

    Paradoxical lot, the Magyars (aren't we all, in our particular ways). They do certainly seem to accord education a remarkably high priority, by UK standards.