In Classical music, where does the power lie? Some would say those who control the purse strings run the show. That is true, generally speaking. Who wields the big stick, however?
Ah... a clue!
Yes, the conductor controls the overall sound of the orchestra. The musicians do what the conductor asks. (Is that laughter I hear?) According to some, however, for some 30 years, the most powerful person in Classical music was Ronald A. Wilford.