Moving Forward: Opportunities for Women Conductors

It’s been a banner year for opportunities for women conductors.  Since this time last year we’ve shared stories about: Elim Chan, the first woman to win the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition Rei Hotoda, the first woman Associate Conductor to the Utah Symphony Orchestra JoAnn Falletta renewed her contract with the Buffalo Philharmonic Agata Sorotokin, who began courses at Yale this fall, was assistant conductor for the San Francisco Youth orchestra Jessica Gethin, who won the Brian Stacey Emerging Conductor Award Alice Farnham, who expanded her workshops for young women interested in learning about the job Migra Gražinytė-Tyla, who was named Associate Conductor for…

Monday Link Round Up: September 14, 2015

There was a lot of great news over the weekend – time to catch up for the week ahead! Great news for Jessy McCabe and everyone who signed the Change.org petition to include works by women composers in the Edexcel curriculum – change is coming!  McCabe received a personal apology from Mark Anderson, Managing Director of Edexcel.  Read more here. Meredith Monk was awarded a National Medal of Arts.  View the awards ceremony here.  CBS also did a feature on Monk available here. We wrote a while back about the conducting course that Alice Farnham is leading in the UK to…

Women-Only Conducting Workshops with Alice Farnham

It is hard to not be encouraged and inspired by the recent attention and action around the lack of opportunities for women conductors.  The momentum continues with the announcement that Alice Farnham will expand the workshop series she began in 2014 to provide even more meaningful and enriching opportunities for young women. After an interview with BBC Radio 4 in which Farnham was asked to respond to the “woman conductor” question, she took the issue of opportunity into her own hands.  Following Marin Alsop making history as the first woman to conduct the final night of the Proms, and ridiculous…