User:BrianSchweitzer/Music Director Position Relationship Type Proposal

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

Proposal number: RFC-269
Champion: BrianFreud
Current status: Pre-RFC
Initial Discussion


This indicates that an artist is, or was, the music director for an artist. This is an artist who not only acts as conductor, but also as the artistic leader for a musical group. This typically includes:

  • Sole authority over hiring and firing musicians within the group
  • Fund-raising responsibilities
  • Concert programming
  • Responsibility for hiring guest conductors and soloists
  • Acting as the public face for the group

In musical theater and opera, the music director(s) is/are also principally responsible for the overall musical performance.

The titles typically used to describe this position are:

Director musices
Latin for 'music director', this title was typically used in Europe at universities and cathedrals. While it has fallen out of favor, it still is in active use in Sweden.
  • Director musices is also one of two musical titles granted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and the Finnish Orthodox Church. The title is honorary. This relationship type should not be used simply because an artist is a recipient of the honorary director musices title.
Director cantus
This is the other honorary musical title granted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and the Finnish Orthodox Church. The title is always honorary, and should not be used to indicate this relationship type.
Director of Music
Music Director
In the classical era, this title indicated a conductor role, not a Music Director role, as the church or nobleman was responsible for employment of musicians, fiscal matters, and most repertoire selection. In modern times, however, while the title has become less frequent, when it is used, it indicates the same general responsibilities of a Music Director.
  • Exception: When Kapellmeister is used to describe a position with a military band, the title is most equivalent to a Bandmaster, not a Music Director.
Organist and Master of the Choristers
A title typically given to the Director of Music at a cathedral, most commonly at Anglican cathedrals in the United Kingdom. This title also implies additional roles beyond those typical to a music director:
Artistic Director (or simply 'Director')
An Artistic Director typically works with a smaller, less well-funded institutional group - the group may even be newly formed, not yet even having performers, and thus requiring the Artistic Director to seek out performers. Music directors with this title typically have multiple roles besides the music director roles, and may thus need multiple other assorted relationships to describe their responsibilities.

Link Phrases


  • start date
This indicates the first date that the artist held the music director position.
  • end date
This indicates the last date that the artist held the music director position.
  • assistant
This title indicates a less experienced, or first-time music director, who works under the direction of a more experienced music director.
  • associate
This title indicates a less experienced music director who works under the direction of the principal music director.
  • emeritus
This title indicates that a music director has at least partially retired, and no longer plays an active role with the group.
  • principal
This indicates that the group had multiple music directors who were led by this music director.


  • Conductor Position Relationship Type should be used in addition to this relationship type.
  • The position (and any attribute used) should be documented; it must not be assumed.
  • At any one time, an artist may have more than one music director, but never more than one principal music director.
  • A music director must be a person artist.
  • The target artist must be a group artist.
  • A music director is almost never also a member of the group.
  • Only one of the attributes 'assistant', 'associate', 'emeritus', or 'principal' should be used at the same time.