Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Bringing women conductors to the front of the orchestra

Another day, another person deciding your value based on gender. Thankfully, some Arts Organizations are starting to confront the systemic discrimination that is unfortunately, rampant.

One of these Organizations is the Dallas Opera. who have recently organized an intensive institute for female conductors, aiming to lead a new movement.

“According to industry data, of the nine largest American opera companies by budget, none has a female music director and principal conductor. And Marin Alsop in Baltimore, who served on the faculty at the Dallas workshop, remains the sole woman music director at the nation’s 24 largest orchestras.”

Dallas Opera General Director Keith Cerny had a lot to say about the issue of women being looked over for the industry’s top jobs,

“I think there are some individuals who are opposed to the idea of women leaders, whether on the podium or running large opera companies. Fortunately, there aren’t that many of those people, but there’s certainly some. But, more generally, I think it’s an issue where, because there’s fewer women in those positions, search committees and general directors and symphony CEOs don’t tend to think so much about hiring women for those opportunities.”

 

Read the full article on PBS Newshour

Fins out more about the institute at Dallas News

Photo credit: Alexandra Cravero conducts the Dallas Opera Orchestra in rehearsal under the eye of Italian maestro Carlo Montanaro. (Smiley N. Pool/Staff Photographer Dallas News)

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