Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


September 26, 2013

In tempo with Keith Lockhart

Famed conductor shares high notes of career


Q: We’ve got award-winning show choirs at Andover High School. What advice do you give musical performers?

A: “Make sure you work very hard to continue to love what you do. That may seem like obvious advice, but, all too often, music students get caught up in the incredible difficulty of the road ahead. Music is not something you choose for easy career advancement; it’s not even something a rational person would choose as a career option. Music is about something you absolutely need to express, whether it becomes your life’s work or merely your life’s passion. Never forget that it is a privilege to perform for others.”

What about your personal life? Is life all music for you?

A: “All of the available `extra’ time is taken up by my family, my wife and three sons, ages 10, 3 and 1 1/2. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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