"Conducting starts with incessant study of the score, and my teacher Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan inspired in me the utmost respect for the score and bringing to life the composer's ideas. Bringing music to life from the score is a bit like being a priest or a rabbi as the life of a conductor is mostly one of study not being on the stage."

“Conducting is actually a relatively small part of a conductor’s life. There are the hours and hours of score study and reflection and only a short time on stage.
— Allen Tinkham