User:BrianSchweitzer/Conductor Position Relationship Type Proposal

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Status: This page describes an active advanced relationship proposal and is not official.

Proposal number: RFC-266
Champion: BrianFreud
Current status: RFC
Initial Discussion


This indicates that an artist is, or was, a conductor for an artist. A conductor directs a musical performance by way of visible gestures. They are responsible for knowing the music in depth and conducting it appropriately. In addition to conducting responsibilities, this position may include composition, research, and musical education for the group.

The titles typically used to describe this position are:

A title used by the conductor of a military or marching band.
Director of Bands
A title frequently used by the conductor of a marching or concert band.
Drum Major
A title used by the leader of a drum and bugle corps, marching band, or pipe band. When used to reference the leader of a military band, the title describes an appointed position, not a rank.
This indicates an artist who is held in extremely high regard. Caution: While this title can be used by a conductor, it may also be used by Composers, performers, music directors, music instructors, impresarios, and even, occasionally, opera prompters. Please ensure that the position actually described is that of a conductor before using this relationship type.

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  • start date
This indicates the first date that the artist held the conductor position.
  • end date
This indicates the last date that the artist held the conductor position.
  • assistant
This title indicates a less experienced, or first-time conductor, who works under the direction of a more experienced conductor.
  • associate
This title indicates a less experienced conductor who works under the direction of the principal conductor.
  • emeritus
This title indicates that a conductor has at least partially retired, and no longer plays an active role with the group.
  • principal
This indicates that the group had multiple conductors who were led by this conductor. This may be indicated by either the title of "principal conductor" or "first conductor".
  • instrument
This indicates that the conductor only conducted one or more instruments or sections of instruments within the group.
  • guest
This indicates that the conductor held a 'guest conductor' or 'visiting conductor' position. It does not indicate merely that a conductor was given a "guest conductor" credit on a particular release, release group, recording, or track.


  1. The position (and any attribute used) should be documented; it must not be assumed.
  2. At any one time, an artist may have more than one conductor, but never more than one principal conductor.
  3. A conductor must be a person artist.
  4. The artist conducted by the conductor must be a group artist.
  5. Only one of the attributes 'assistant', 'associate', 'emeritus', or 'principal' should be used at the same time.
  6. If the conductor position specifically involves the training, leading, and/or conducting of a choir or chorus, then while the action is still 'conducting', the more correct title is 'choirmaster', not 'conductor'. Choirmaster Position Relationship Type should be used to describe this position, and not this relationship type.
  7. This relationship type describes a conductor position one artist holds with another artist. Conductor Relationship Type, not this relationship type, should be used to describe the fact that an artist conducted on a recorded track or release.
  8. Do not infer attributes. The use of any relationship attribute to indicate a specific position should be documented, and not assumed. An inexperienced conductor is not automatically an assistant or associate conductor, nor is a very experienced conductor automatically a conductor emeritus. Likewise, 'guest conductor' is a specific position title; simply because a conductor is credited with "guest conducting" on a release, that conductor does not automatically become a 'guest conductor'.


A basic conductor relationship, with no attributes

Correct use of the 'guest' attribute for a conductor holding the position of 'guest conductor'...

...or holding the position of 'visiting conductor'