Monday Link Round Up: January 23, 2017

News to start your week! The arts community as a whole has much to be concerned about with the new administration.  The writers and musicians at NewMusicBox have decided to start the conversation about concerns, and what can be done about them, with their new series titled “Speak Out.”  (More explanation on the idea and intention here.)  The first two posts in the series are excellent – Meg Wolhite has an excellent piece on why now is the time to create, composer Kristin Kuster discusses how we move beyond worry, and composer Mohammad Fairouz writes about the role of composer has…

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…

Negin Khpolwak: Afghanistan's First Female Conductor

As we continue to receive devastating news  as a result of the violence in the Middle East, it was wonderfully heartwarming and reassuring to read the BBC News story of Negin Khpolwak. She is only 17 years old but already has big talent – and big ambitions.  Khpolwak, who was interviewed by Shaimaa Khalil, shared this: All I want is to become a very good concert pianist and conductor, not only in Afghanistan, but in the world. Khpolwak had the tremendous advantage of having the support of her father to not only go to school — a rarity for a…