NOC 5132 – Conductors, composers and arrangers



This unit group includes those who conduct bands and orchestras, compose musical works and arrange instrumental and vocal compositions. They are employed by symphony and chamber orchestras, bands, choirs, sound recording companies, and orchestras for ballet and opera performances, or they may be self-employed.

Composers often work as arrangers.

Main Duties

The following is a summary of the main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

  • Conductors select and interpret musical works and lead bands, orchestras and choirs during rehearsals and performances.
  • Composers create musical compositions such as television and film scores, theme music, songs, symphonies and music for interactive products such as video games.
  • Arrangers adapt and modify musical compositions to convey desired themes and to suit particular instrumental and vocal performances.

Conductors, composers and arrangers usually specialize in a particular type of music such as classical, country, jazz or popular.

Employment Requirements

  • A university degree in music or completion of a program at a music academy, conservatory or school of music is usually required.
  • A period of specialized study related to conducting, composing or arranging is usually required.
  • Experience as a musician is required.
  • Musical and creative talent and ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are important hiring criteria.

All Titles

  • arranger
  • arranger, music
  • artistic director – music
  • artistic director, orchestra
  • author-composer-performer
  • band conductor
  • band director
  • bandmaster
  • chansonnier
  • choir director
  • choir leader
  • choirmaster
  • choral conductor
  • choral director
  • chorus master
  • composer
  • conductor
  • conductor, band
  • conductor, choral
  • conductor, orchestra
  • copyist – music
  • director, band
  • director, choir
  • director, choral
  • director, music
  • leader, choir
  • lyricist
  • maestro
  • master, chorus
  • motion picture musical director
  • music adapter
  • music arranger
  • music copyist
  • music director
  • music writer
  • musical director
  • musical director, motion picture
  • musical director, stage
  • musical director, television
  • orchestra artistic director
  • orchestral conductor
  • orchestrator
  • orchestrator-arranger
  • singer-songwriter-composer
  • songwriter
  • stage musical director
  • television musical director
  • writer, music
  • writer, songs
  • writer-composer-performer


  • Musicians and singers (5133)
  • Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations (5131)



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