Young musicians need to know about the history of the orchestra and of individual orchestras, of opera and of opera houses, of conducting and of conductors. These are topics that lead, early on, to essential questions otherwise overlooked: What are the purposes of a concert? What are a performer’s obligations to an audience? What is the role of music in society? Too often, the musicians most indifferent or hostile to undertaking new roles are not the veterans, but young instrumentalists proud of their ignorance. It is not enough to teach music history as a history of composers and compositions.
–Joseph Horowitz, Classical Music in America: A History of its Rise and Fall (2005), p. 535.