The Dallas Opera Announces Participants For 2019 Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors

By Francisco Salazar

The Dallas Opera has announced the names of the 12 distinguished professionals (six conductors, three administrators, and four American observers) selected to participate in the fifth annual residency of the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera.

The six conductors selected include Tiffany Chang (USA), Jiannan Cheng (China), Tamara Dworetz (USA), Marta Kluczyńska (Poland), Madeline Tsai (Taiwan), and Molly Turner (USA). The four observers include Rebecca Henry, Jane Kim, Vera Volchansky and Rachel Waddell, while Kristen Bigham, Beverly Love, and Suzanne Vinnik were selected as the three administrators.

A total of 90 women conductors and professional musicians applied in 2019 and applicants came from 27 countries. Among those that applied were music directors, principal and assistant conductors, concertmasters and music staff from top-ranked symphonies, opera companies, and conservatories.

The 2019 Linda and Mitch Hart Institute will consist of hands-on master classes with the Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume, TDO’s Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement; Carlo Montanaro, a renowned Italian conductor, will also participate. Sessions will also include career advancement seminars with experienced professionals; topical industry discussions; intensive one-on-ones and networking opportunities.

The program will take place from Oct. 27 – Nov. 9, 2019.