We’ve had a definitive update from Shelley Sharpe of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra to a weekend post:
In response to the article “Canada names woman music director, (not) only its second,” I feel obliged to point out there have been many orchestras with women music directors in our great nation, not the least of which is the Windsor Symphony Orchestra—Susan Haig was our music director from 1991 to 2000.
Agnes Grossmann – Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal (1986-1995) and Artistic Director of the Toronto Chamber Players (1984-1991)
Jeanne Lamon – Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (1981 – 2014)
Anne Manson – Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (2008 – present)
Rosemary Thomson – Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (2011 – present)
Special mention should go to Keri-Lynn Wilson, a Canadian woman at the helm of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Together with Tania Miller and Ms. New (pictured), there are four active female music directors in Canada at the moment, and Maestras Grossman, Haig, and Lamon who all made a tremendous impact on the orchestras they led.