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Launch of Institute for Women Conductors


November 28-December 6 saw the launch for the Dallas Opera’s first week-long Institute for Women Conductors. Working to address a long-standing career issue in the opera world, Dallas Opera launched the unique, new residential program designed to provide training and career support for distinctively talented women conductors. Dallas Opera CEO Keith Cerny noticed for years a lack of women conductors or managers and launched the institute to deepen the pool.

The initial offering led to 103 applicants from 26 countries submitting resumes and videos for consideration. From that pool, Cerny, Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, and Dallas Opera Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement chose the six fellows and four observers from around the world, all of whom are professional musicians. Among them were Stephanie Rhodes, a member of Local 161-710 (Washington, DC) and Jessica Gethin from Australia.

“I was so thrilled to see The Dallas Opera offer such an innovative initiative for female conductors to further develop their opera skills on the podium,” says Gethin. “As a young, female, Australian conductor based in Perth, the opportunity to be a part of the inaugural Institute for Women Conductors is invaluable at this stage of my conducting career.

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