Dallas Symphony Orchestra announces 2022 Women in Classical Music Symposium

Dallas Symphony Orchestra 
Women in Classical Music Symposium 

November 6-9, 2022

Award of Excellence

Dallas, TX (May 2, 2022) – Today the Dallas Symphony Orchestra announces its 2022 Women in Classical Music Symposium. This year’s symposium will be held November 6-9, 2022, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. Administrators, educators, musicians and conductors from all over the world will gather in conversation, panels and discussions alike. Support for the symposium is provided by Texas Commission on the Arts, the Texas Women’s Foundation, Nancy Bierman, Joanne Bober, Yon Jorden, Betty Regard, Wei Ling Wang and Martha Wells.

The fourth year of the DSO’s Women in Classical Music Symposium will focus on inspiring women in top leadership positions. Despite the fact that women outpace their male counterparts in graduation from prominent conservatories and schools of music, they are severely underrepresented in titled conducting positions, in programming by major orchestras, on stage as soloists and in management leadership positions. The Dallas Symphony’s Symposium strives to help women reach their full potential professionally, while simultaneously acting as a catalyst for broad-scale change in the industry. Videos from the 2021 symposium may be viewed at https://watch.dallassymphony.org/women-in-classical-music-symposium .

Panel discussions and conversations during the symposium will bring to light the strategic changes and pathways that can be created to advance the next generation of leaders. Panel topics at this year’s symposium include: The State of the Industry; Creative Careers: Forging Your Own Path; Breaking Through: Gender Identity, Stereotypes and Biases; History and Leadership of Black Women in U.S. Orchestras; and Creative Pathways: Pivots and Non-linear Careers. This year’s event will also feature new formats to further engage participants in conversation, including roundtable conversations and workshops.

The symposium will include two chamber music performances. The opening recital on Sunday, November 6, 2022, will feature Angela Fuller Heyde, DSO Principal Second Violin (Barbara K. & Seymour R. Thum Chair) and Emily Levin, DSO Principal Harp (Elsa Von Seggern Chair). DSO Composer-in-Residence Angélica Negrón will host and curate a concert on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. 

Panelists and featured musicians at this year’s symposium include Cathy Barbash, Founder, Barbash Arts Consulting and President, Barbash Arts Foundation; Afton Battle, General Director, Fort Worth Opera; Astrid Baumgardner, JD, PCC, Career and Leadership Coach to Classical Musicians and Arts Leaders; Julia Bullock, Classical Singer; Jennifer Chen, Founding Managing Director, American Modern Opera Company and Registered Piano Technician; Teresa Coleman Wash, Executive Director, Bishop Arts Theatre Center; Khori Dastoor, General Director and CEO, Houston Grand Opera; Camille Delaney-McNeil, Director, Beckmen YOLA Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Debbie Devine, Director of Drama, Colburn School; Julie Diaz, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, The Dallas Foundation; Felicia Elder, Stewardship Manager, Aspen Leadership Group; Martha Gilmer, CEO, San Diego Symphony Orchestra; Katherine Goforth, classical singer; Angela Fuller Heyde, Principal Second Violin, Barbara K. & Seymour R. Thum Chair, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Sarah Ioannides, Conductor, Music Director, Symphony Tacoma, and Artistic Director, Cascade Conducting; Nicole Jordan, Principal Librarian, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Andrea Kalyn, President, New England Conservatory; Min Kwon, Steinway Artist, Founder and Director, Center for Musical Excellence and Professor of Music, Rutgers University; Susan Lape, Executive Director, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras; Emily Levin, Principal Harp, Elsa Von Seggern Chair, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Yvette Loynaz, Director of Artistic Administration, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Fabio Luisi, Music Director, Louise S. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Meena Malik, Arts Consultant, Facilitator, Mediator and Musician; Jacques Marquis, President and CEO, The Cliburn; Kathryn Martin, Next Chapter Coach and President & CEO, Santa Barbara Symphony; Shana Mathur, Chief Strategy & External Relations Officer, Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County; Demarre McGill, Principal Flute, Seattle Symphony; Katie McGuinness, Wildenthal Families Vice President of Artistic Operations, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Nuné Melik, Founder, Hidden Treasure and ArtMelik; Angélica Negrón, Composer-in-Residence, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Debi Peña, Vice President of Community Relations, Facilities and Human Resources, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Kit Sawers, President, Klyde Warren Park; Matías Tarnopolsky, President & CEO, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Kimmel Center, Inc.; and Maia Jasper White, Executive and Co-Artistic Director, Salastina. 

The 2022 symposium will include more sessions geared toward mid-career professionals as well as early-career professionals. The symposium will also offer more community-building opportunities such as group dinners hosted by panelists. The symposium will continue its tradition of networking opportunities with the ever-popular Coffee-Hour Chats. Individuals in all roles of classical music – orchestra members, soloists, composers, conductors and administrators – of all ages and genders, and at all stages of careers are welcome to attend, mingle and meet other industry professionals. 

“I am thrilled to welcome our industry colleagues back to Dallas for a meaningful time of conversation and discussions motivated by unique experiences,” said Kim Noltemy. “It is important for those of us in the classical music world to look forward and work towards a strong future for our female colleagues. This year’s symposium will focus on the future female leaders of our field and how we as women can support one another in this revolutionary shift.”

This year, the DSO will honor classical singer Julia Bullock with the annual Award of Excellence. Bullock is an American classical singer who “communicates intense, authentic feeling, as if she were singing right from her soul” (Opera News). Combining versatile artistry with a probing intellect and commanding stage presence, she has headlined productions and concerts at preeminent arts institutions around the world. An innovative curator in high demand from a diverse group of arts presenters, museums and schools, her notable positions have included collaborative partner of Esa-Pekka Salonen at the San Francisco Symphony, 2020–22 Artist-in-Residence of London’s Guildhall School, 2019-20 Artist-in-Residence of the San Francisco Symphony and 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bullock is also a prominent voice of social consciousness and activism.

As a prelude to the symposium, Music Director Fabio Luisi will present music by three female composers, two from the 19th century and one from the mid-20th century. The program will open with Study for Orchestra by American composer Julia Perry, who was born in Akron, Ohio, and attended Westminster Choir College. She studied composition with both Luigi Dallapiccola and Nadia Boulanger, and received two Guggenheim Fellowships to further her studies. Luisi’s frequent collaborator Lise de la Salle will perform the piano concerto of Clara Schumann, a virtuoso pianist in her own right, but perhaps overshadowed by the fame of her husband Robert Schumann. The final work on the program will be the Third Symphony of Louise Farrenc. A near-contemporary of the Schumanns, Farrenc was known mostly for her piano music, but she also wrote chamber music and three large works for orchestra. (November 4, 5 and 6, 2022)

“Our program at the beginning of November, leading into the Women in Classical Music Symposium, was a pleasure to discover,” said Luisi. “Lise is well known for her interpretation of Clara Schumann’s concerto, but the works by Perry and Farrenc were new to me. In planning a concert to precede the Symposium, three female voices from an earlier time fit perfectly. These women may have been overlooked in their own era, but in our time, we are able to share their works in performance and gather together at the Symposium to discuss how all voices may have a chance to be heard.”

Registration for the event is now open. The full panel lineup, guest speakers and registration information is available at www.womeninclassicalmusic.com

About the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Fabio Luisi, presents world-class orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, one of the world’s top-rated concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 243,000 adults and children annually through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming.

During the pandemic, the Dallas Symphony was the first major U.S. orchestra to present socially distanced concerts with live audiences during the 2020/21 Season. Furthermore, the orchestra has offered more than 200 outdoor chamber concerts in neighborhoods throughout the Metroplex since the summer. The DSO continued online music lessons to more than 300 students as part of its Young Strings and Kim Noltemy Young Musicians programs and increased its online dissemination of concerts through its website and on social media.

The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900 and is a cornerstone of the unique, 118-acre Arts District in Downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks – the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Arts & Culture, City of Dallas.

Denise McGovern | Vice President of Communications & Media | Dallas Symphony Orchestra d.mcgovern@dalsym.com| 214.718.7094 

Sidney Hopkins | Communications & Media Manager | Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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