A leader, a coordinator.
In music, a conductor is primarily a leader. While each individual in an orchestra is responsible for playing his or her instrument well, it is the conductor’s job to get the individuals to play together; it is she or he who transforms the orchestra into a single instrument.
When we become Conductors, we take the helm. All eyes are upon us. We have power over others—it is essential that we remain sensitive to their concerns and needs and well-being, lest we become tyrannical. We are a primary shaping force in the outcome of what’s at hand; we must remain focused on our intent, and be wary of our clever egos. Sometimes what’s at hand changes course midstream, in which case we need to roll with the changes and make things work. Others are depending on us.
In addition to being leaders, Conductors are also conduits: they are the link between the composer and the band. This implies a sacred duty: even as we lead, we serve a greater design.
In the active suit of Brass, the Conductor appears as The Director; in the emotional suit of Strings, as The Inspirer; in the intellectual suit of Woodwinds as The Mastermind; in the physical suit of Percussion as The Overseer; and in the spiritual, holistic suit of Voices as The Guru.