Monday Link Round Up: February 11, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: February 11, 2019

News and music to start your week! The Financial Times calls composer Anna Thorvaldsdottír “the most exciting force in Icelandic music since Björk”  but clearly she is a dynamic artistic figure outside of Icelandic music! The article looks at her life, music, current projects, and future aspirations (although it’s behind a paywall, so we are just reporting what we’ve heard …) Alondra de la Parra speaks to DW Akademie about her experiences as a conductor, and being on the receiving end of questions that “my male colleagues would never get asked.”  The interview was in anticipation of a new documentary soon…

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: October 26, 2015

Some links to start your week: Earlier this month Kaija Saariaho was interviewed by the San Francisco Classical Voice discussing her role not only as a composer, but as an educator.  Read the full interview here. Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra has been appointed the first music director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia.  The New York Times has the story.  You may be familiar with de la Parra from this video that’s been circulating of her animated, and enthusiastic conducting style: And there is more good news for women conductors – it was just announced that the…

Sad News from the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas

It was just announced that the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA) will be suspending operations due to finances. This is sad news, but (unfortunately) not surprising due to the continued financial difficulties facing all arts organizations. Why I am particularly saddened by the difficulties of this organization is due to the work and achievements of its founder and conductor Alondra de la Parra. Though young, she has already made headlines numerous times for her innovative programming, creativity, and having been the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City. Below is a video describing not only de la…