Here, for the first time, is the definitive practical guide to setting up a choral or instrumental ensemble and running it effectively. Aimed at experienced solo musicians, it illustrates how to harness individual skills to build an exciting and creative group dynamic. Every aspect of performing together is covered, from choosing repertoire and arranging the music to devising innovative rehearsal techniques, all leading to that successful final performance. Both a step-by-step 'how to' book, and a comprehensive reference resource, How To Create a Successful Music Ensemble features the insights of several experienced musical directors and also covers topics like practicalities, publicity and conducting techniques. Additional resources can be found on the book's companion website, including audio files of the music in the book and an original arrangement. With illuminating real-life case studies throughout, How To Create a Successful Music Ensemble is the ultimate guide to every practical and artistic aspect of creating and maintaining one of music's most rewarding collaborative forms.