The players of a symphony live in an ecosystem of functional interaction orchestrated by a conductor who drives the musical performance. Conducting is the art of directing the musicians in realizing the concert’s fullest potential. They attend to the performance’s accuracy, the tempo, and the phrasing of the musical dynamics. Behind the scenes, they are typically managing the personnel issues, attending to facilities, and planning the concert season. A well-conducted concert will seamless blend the conductor’s will to the instrumental musicians and singers, attuned to the environment, audience, and wider community concerns. Individual talent coheres within a larger whole.