A Symposium for Women Conductors

June 4-6, 2021 Virtual Conference
About the conference

Conducting Careers: Diverse Pathways to the Podium is the first conference hosted by Girls Who Conduct 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. The Conference explores the many facets of conducting training and career through a range of disciplines including musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Details of the online event will be made available here.

2021 Organizing committee: Dr. Kaitlin Bove (Pierce College); Dr. Chaowen Ting (Georgia Institute of Technology); and Dr. Carolyn Watson (University of Kansas)

Symposium Materials

Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order):
  • Afa S Dworkin (President and Artistic Director, Sphinx Organization)
  • Karen Kamensek (Conductor)
  • Lidiya Yankovskaya (Music Director, Chicago Opera Theater & Artistic Director, Refugee Orchestra Project)
Panelist (in alphabetical order):
  • B.E. Boykin (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Dr. Tiffany Chang (Assistant Professor of Conducting, Oberlin Conservatory & Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music)
  • Angelica Durrell (Founder and Executive Director, INTEMPO)
  • Dr. Anna Edwards (Music Director, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra)
  • First Lieutenant Elizabeth Elliott (US Army Band Officer)
  • Dr. Mariana Farah (Director of Choral Activities, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Sarah Fernández (Music Director & Artistic Director, Manhattan Wind Ensemble)
  • Lina Gonzalez-Granados (Conducting Fellow, the Philadelphia Orchestra & Seattle Symphony)
  • Dr. Natalie Groom (Arts Laureate Manager & Affiliate Artist of Clarinet, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
  • Lily Ling (Music Director/Conductor, Hamilton)
  • Christin Reardon MacLellan (Director, University of British Columbia Concert Winds & Associate Conductor, Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble)
  • Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin (Director of Wind Band Studies, The Pennsylvania State University)
  • Susie Seiter (Film Conductor)
  • Alex Shapiro (Composer)
  • Dr. Kiernan M. Steiner (Public Academic)
  • Nyadia Thorpe (Director of Choral Activities, Navarro College)
  • Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner, D.M.A. (Dean/Professor of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University)
  • Sarah Williams (Director of New Works & Creative Producer, Opera Philadelphia)
  • Meg Zervoulis (Associate Music Director, West Side Story Broadway)

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