News to start your week!
Dallas Opera Conducting Institute has announced the 2016 participants! The winners this year are:
Elizabeth Askren (USA), a graduate of Bard’s Conducting Institute who has been an assistant music director at the Concertgebouw;
Mihaela Cesa-Goje (Romania), winner of a 2011 Dudamel Fellowship;
Alexandra Cravero (France), who has led several operas and symphonies in Europe;
Tianyi Lu (New Zealand), a junior fellow in conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama;
Chaowen Ting (USA), conductor of the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra and protégé of Bernard Haitink;
Zoe Zeniodi (Greece), who has led productions at the Florida Grand and Greek National operas.
Musicologist Joseph Horowitz has a thoughtful piece about the future of American orchestras at his blog The Unanswered Question. It is also a great summation of the conversations that took place at the League of American Orchestra conference that happened in the beginning of this month – WPA was also at the conference advocating for more diverse repertoire.
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