How Dallas is boosting women conductors

A PBS Newshour report.

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  • A couple of observations passed along from one of the orchestra members. Two of the coaches really emphasized having a strong down beat.

    One of the conductors selected the Overture to Carmen as one of the pieces to work on. Marin Alsop to her, just get them started then get out of the way. Pit orchestras have played this so many times they know where they’re going.

  • The report about women conductors was interesting, but curiously missed an important figure on the scene:

    Herefordshire-based philanthropists Clive and Sylvia Richards have made a £250,000 gift to support the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s extensive educational programme over the next five years.

    The gift has been made in celebration of the appointment of the orchestra’s new Music Director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – ‘conducting’s next superstar’ in the words of The Telegraph – whose initial concerts with the orchestra have attracted universal acclaim.

  • Jo Ann Falletta has been the conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic for 17 years yet she doesn’t get mentioned as one of the top women conductors? I don’t know how they rank orchestras but the Buffalo Phil has had a storied list of famous conductors:

    William Steinberg (1945–1952)
    Izler Solomon (1952–1953, conductor-in-residence)
    Josef Krips (1954–1963)
    Lukas Foss (1963–1971)
    Michael Tilson Thomas (1971–1979)
    Julius Rudel (1979–1985)
    Semyon Bychkov (1985–1989)
    Maximiano Valdes (1989–1998)
    JoAnn Falletta (1999- present)

  • Positive discrimination is just wrong. Good conductors should be allowed to conduct regarless of their gender. Having a workshop just for women is a horrible kind of discrimination.

    Right now being a white non-latin conductor over 30 from the US or Europe is taxing.

  • Conducting is inevitably becoming an all-women profession. Women are genetically and inherently superior over men in conducting. Men are not meant to be conductors.

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