Occupation Artistic director of the Boston Children’s Chorus
You’ve conducted in the Netherlands, Sweden, Lithuania, Germany, the Middle East. How universal is the look?
It really varies. In Europe, it’s actually more casual: black shirt, black pants, no tie. On the orchestral level, you’re going to be in a tux, but for the chorus, there’s a lot more leeway.
Does working with younger people alter what you wear?
I try be fun no matter what. It’s an opportunity to display a little whimsy: ties, glasses, vests. I’ve also gotten really into socks. Colorful ones but not too casual, no cartoon characters! I’m standing, I get up on my toes— it’s fun to see a flash of sock. — A.G.Interview has been condensed and edited. E-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.