Are you one of the 54% of Americans who plays a musical instrument?
Are you thinking about making a living off of it?
If you said YES, then you may want to consider becoming an orchestral musician!
What Do Orchestral Musicians Do?
Orchestral musicians do much more than what you see on stage.
Becoming an expert on their chosen instrument(s)
Become comfortable with sight reading
Spending hours alone practicing
Rehearsing with their orchestra
Performing in various settings (concert halls, outdoor venues, schools, online, etc.)
Contributing to the education of future musicians (like you!)
To become a successful orchestral musician, you need to develop/have the ability to:
🎶 Play an orchestral instrument (sometimes more than one) with a high degree of effectiveness 📯
🎶 Read sheet music
🎶 Play in many musical styles (classical, jazz, film, operatic, etc.)
🎶 Work alone in practice settings
🎶 Work with others in rehearsals
🎶 Have a strong growth mindset
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Musicians as Teachers
Orchestral musicians contribute to the education of future musicians in two major ways:
1) In partnership with their orchestra
Creating online tutorial videos
Participating in youth concerts
Acting as youth orchestra coaches
2) Private tutor
1-on-1 teaching on specific instrument(s)
Can be online or in-person
The Perks and The Prices
Every career (even the coolest ones) have perks as well as a price you pay for those perks.
Fulfill your dream of playing your instrument for a living
Not a boring 9-5 office job
Potential to travel with the orchestra
A good pension
Solid salary (Average $88,595 CAD or $78,618 USD )
Expensive cost of instrument(s), upkeep, and private lessons
Very competitive field
Work during evenings, weekends, and holidays
Typically have to live in more urban/expensive areas
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