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 (Conductor, Founder and Artistic Director, […]

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 has been inspired by her […]

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)     A native of the California […]

Panel Discussion III – At the Intersection of Gender and Race

MODERATOR: B.E. Boykin (Georgia Institute of Technology) PANELISTS: Lily Ling (Music Director/Conductor, Hamilton) Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin (Director of Wind Band Studies, The Pennsylvania State University) Dr. Kiernan M. Steiner (Public Academic)     Brittney Boykin (B.E. Boykin) is a native of Alexandria, Virginia. After graduating from Spelman College in 2011 with a B.A. in Music, Ms. […]

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 Choral Activities, Navarro College)   […]

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 Spades and Trouble in Tahiti […]

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 of the 20th and 21st […]

Keynote Speech – Breaking the Sound Barrier: a Case for a More Diverse Tomorrow

Afa S Dworkin (President and Artistic Director, Sphinx Organization)   Kennedy Center’s Human Spirit Award recipient, Musical America’s Top 30 Influencers and Detroit Crain’s 40 Under 40, Afa S. Dworkin is a musical thought leader and cross-sector strategist driving national programming that promotes diversity in classical music. She serves as President and Artistic Director of […]

Opening Remarks

Conference Organizing Committee: Dr. Kaitlin Bove (Pierce College) Dr. Chaowen Ting (Georgia Institute of Technology) Dr. Carolyn Watson (University of Kansas)