Our Mission

Girls Who Conduct is an initiative created in 2020 to empower and encourage the upcoming generations of women, women-identifying, and non-binary conductors by providing a program for mentorship, camaraderie, and training in order to foster diversity and inclusion in classical music.

What We Do

In its current form, Girls Who Conduct offers the following programs:

  • Annual Conducting Mentorship Program: a 6-week invitational course designed for prospective conductors from ages 16-22. Participants will develop skills in conducting, score study, rehearsal technique, concert programming, and career-building.
  • Women Conductor Symposium: an annual conference designed to bring together conductors, musicians, industry leaders, DEI advocates, and researchers and practitioners in order to generate dialogue about and raise awareness of the diverse pathways to a conducting career, with an emphasis on gender parity and inclusion.
  • Women Conductor Fellowship Program: partnering with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, up to 6 fellows will be selected for the 2021-22 season. Fellows will observe GSO rehearsals, participate in conducting workshops, and be mentored by GWC members and GSO’s music staff.

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