2021 HS/College Mentees
Working to address the long-standing issue of extreme gender imbalance on the conductor’s podium, Girls Who Conduct is delighted to announce the launch of a unique virtual program designed to provide training and career support for young musicians interested in learning more about conducting. Aimed at beginner conductors with little to no experience, it will serve as an introduction to the various elements and skills required of the profession. Women, women-identifying, and non-binary musicians between the ages of 16-22 (high school juniors through undergraduate seniors), were encouraged to apply.
The first iteration of this unique program will begin on February 20, 2021 and run through March 27, 2021 via a six-week virtual residency due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Through teacher recommendations and student self-nominations, 36 fellows from six countries including Argentina, Brazil, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, UK, and the United States were admitted into the program. Fellows will participate in masterclasses led by GWC mentors, including founder Chaowen Ting and a team of five women conductors specializing in different areas of the classical music industry: Kaitlin Bove, Michelle Di Russo, Tanatchaya Chanphanitpornkit, Hannah Nacheman, and Michelle Rofrano. The participants will attend seminars and discussions on leadership style and how women conductors can support one another in making a greater impact on their field.
Ariel Alvarado, Rory Anderson, Lily Blanchard, Kristina Hope Bruening, Liliana Carpenter, Tanmayee Chalamalasetti, Stella Childs, Madalyn Crane, Mae Czuba, Zoe De los Santos, Kathryn De Witt, Danielle Densmore, Helena Fresquet Villafranca, Priyanka Gohal, Irene Guggenheim-Triana, Amanda Herold, Julia Kim, Angela Klinkner, Kameron Lannan, Amanda Lopes, Mariya Miles-Flynn, Marisa Morin, Laura Orzehoski, Rachel Pac, Valentina Paolucci, Julia Pirzchalski, Zoe Raisbeck, Regina Rancourt, Alicia Ripina, Lucinda Rissmeyer, Alena Scott, Lindsay Spitzer, Emily Ta, Isabela Thornsley, Mica Weiland, Thea Weinbeck
Sarah Bussineau, Mackenzie Dupra, Ashley Flood, Rebecca Growcott, Eloise Hartings, Audrey Potter, Shaunessy Renker, Lara Roberts, Alexandria Sellers, Rocío Keiko Silvero, Nilli Tayidi, Jessica Vargas, Olivia Wakefield