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Musicians, Composers and Orchestra Leaders

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  • Sara Bareilles
    Sara Bareilles is an American singer-songwriter. She achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the hit single "Love Song," which reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Bareilles has sold ov...
  • Anthony Menk (1905 - 1995)
    Anthony Menk was born Anton Mechanik. He was educated at Hoch's Conservatory, Frankfurt, and the State cademy of Music in Berlin. He is assistant Professor of Music at the University of Northern Colo...
  • Kevin Richardson
    Kevin Richardson is an American singer, model, actor, and composer, best known as a member of the Backstreet Boys. Richardson was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame along with his cousin and...
  • Paul Reiser
    Paul Reiser (born March 30, 1956) is an American comedian, actor, television personality and writer, author and musician. He is most widely known for his role in the 1990s TV sitcom Mad About You. He...
  • Simon W. Waley (1827 - 1875)

A musician (or instrumentalist) is a person who is talented in making music or performing music creatively, or one who composes, conducts, or performs music, particularly instrumental music.

Musicians can specialize in any musical style, and some musicians play in a variety of different styles. Examples of a musician's possible skills include performing, conducting, singing, composing, arranging, and the orchestration of music.

A composer (Latin com+ponere, literally "one who puts together") is a person who creates music, either by musical notation or oral tradition, for interpretation and performance.

An orchestra is a large instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. A smaller-sized orchestra, about fifty musicians or fewer, may be called a chamber orchestra. A full-size orchestra, with about 100 musicians, may sometimes be called asymphony orchestra or philharmonic orchestra."

In modern times, the musicians are usually directed by a conductor, although early orchestras did not have one, giving this role instead to the concertmaster or the harpsichordist playing the continuo.

Did you have a musical ancestor? Please add your ancestor to this project. Famous or not, musicians have had a great deal of influence in our lives, so let's recognize them here.