Closing Remarks

Conference Organizing Committee and Co-Creators of Girls Who Conduct: Dr. Kaitlin Bove (Director of Instrumental Ensembles, Pierce College) Tanatchaya Chanphanitpornkit (Conductor, Manhattan School of Music Precollege & doctoral candidate, Teachers College, Columbia University) Dr. Michelle Di Russo (Interim Director of Orchestras, Cornell university) Hannah Nacheman (Conductor & Arts Educator) Michelle Rofrano Read more…

Panel Discussion V – Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive Tomorrow

MODERATOR: Dr. Kaitlin Bove (Director of Instrumental Ensembles, Pierce College) PANELISTS: Dr. Anna Edwards (Music Director, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra) Angelica Durrell (Founder and Executive Director, INTEMPO) Sarah Williams (Director of New Works & Creative Producer, Opera Philadelphia)     ANNA EDWARDS’ musical career progression as a violinist, educator, and symphony conductor Read more…

Panel Discussion IV – Arts @ Technology

MODERATOR: Dr. Chaowen Ting (Director of Orchestral Studies, Georgia Institute of Technology & Founder, Girls Who Conduct) PANELISTS: Sarah Fernández (Music Director & Artistic Director, Manhattan Wind Ensemble) Dr. Natalie Groom (Arts Laureate Manager & Affiliate Artist of Clarinet, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County) Alex Shapiro (Composer)     Read more…

Panel Discussion II – Maestro as Professor

MODERATOR: Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner, D.M.A. (Dean/Professor of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University) PANELISTS: Dr. Tiffany Chang (Assistant Professor of Conducting, Oberlin Conservatory & Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music) Christin Reardon MacLellan (Director, University of British Columbia Concert Winds & Associate Conductor, Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble) Nyadia Thorpe (Director of Read more…

Panel Discussion I – Leading Professional Ensembles

MODERATOR: Michelle Rofrano (Conductor; Founder and Artistic Director, PROTESTRA) PANELISTS: First Lieutenant Elizabeth Elliott (US Army Band Officer) Lina Gonzalez-Granados (Conducting Fellow, the Philadelphia Orchestra & Seattle Symphony) Susie Seiter (Film Conductor) Meg Zervoulis (Associate Music Director, West Side Story Broadway)   Conductor Michelle Rofrano has led The Queen of Read more…

Keynote Speech – Leading from the Pit

MODERATOR: Dr. Carolyn Watson (Director of Orchestral Studies, University of Kansas) SPEAKERS: Karen Kamensek (Conductor) Lidiya Yankovskaya (Music Director, Chicago Opera Theater & Artistic Director, Refugee Orchestra Project)     Karen Kamensek’s remarkable versatility and expansive artistry, coupled with her deep commitment to championing many of the leading compositional voices Read more…