An Introvert on the Podium: The Science and Skill to Embrace Your Introverted Self

Christopher Thomas

Many prominent musicians are introverted. In addition, some dynamic and engaging conductors of our own time are introverted.  Despite the important role of the conductor, the little research on personality in choral music has largely focused on the challenges of accommodating multiple personality types within an ensemble.  Understanding introversion in conductors is critical because introverts are likely to struggle with the allocation of activities in a conductor’s everyday life: leading rehearsals, frequent individual interactions with singers, timely communication, networking, and self-promotion.  In this presentation, an introverted computational neuroscientist and an introverted collegiate choral conductor will present scientific research on introversion that will help you unlock the potential of your introverted self.