Dr Anna Edwards has been conducting research on why there is still resistance in some orchestras to woman conductors. For instance:
In a phone interview with the highly regarded conducting pedagogue Gustav Meier, he emphatically stated, “The main thing is that there is no difference between the men conductors and the women conductors. There is no difference.” Although I believe his heart was in the right place, I respectfully but emphatically disagree. We DO have differences. You can see and hear these differences. You can see our differences by the way we dress, by the gestures we use, by the gender we choose to identify ourselves with. You can hear the differences by the way we talk, by the way we problem solve, and by the way we connect with people.
Read her full essay here.
Dr. Anna Edwards is Music Director of Seattle Collaborative Orchestra and Saratoga Ochestra