The Dallas Opera: Women’s Conducting Institute

Institute for Women Conductors

“In conceiving and launching this program, I have been extraordinarily fortunate in having the generous support of Linda and Mitch Hart, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation and Baker Botts LLP.”
Keith Cerny, Kern Wildenthal General Director & CEO

About the Program

The Linda and Mitch Hart

Institute for Women Conductors

Click below to apply for the 2016 Institute of Women Conductors’ Program

Women conductors from around the world are invited to apply to the second residency of theLinda and Mitch Hart Institute of Women Conductors (IWC) at The Dallas Opera, a unique program designed to further the careers of distinctively talented female conductors.  Accomplished female singers, opera coaches, composers, accompanists and instrumentalists with established careers looking to move into conducting are also encouraged to apply.  While successful applicants will generally be 40 and under years old, there is no strict age cutoff. This year residency will take place from November 26 to December 11, 2016.

This unique and internationally well-publicized program includes hands-on conducting opportunities with the full Dallas Opera Orchestra; master classes with TDO’s Principal Guest Conductor, Nicole Paiement and the renowned Italian maestro Carlo Montanaro; seminars on leadership and personal branding with General Director & CEOKeith Cerny and Alec Treuhaft, retired Senior Vice President of IMG Artists; as well as seminars and sessions with other prominent leaders in classical music and opera.  The intensive working sessions include selecting the right artist manager, best practice in working with executive recruiters, opera management and fund-raising, and other topics. At the end of the program, each conductor will have access to high resolution video material of her conducting full-length overtures and arias / ensembles with The Dallas Opera Orchestra.  This material will be hosted on the TDO website, and may be used with prospective artist managers, opera General Directors and symphony CEOs, Artistic Directors and Administrators, and the media.  A sample of this video material from one of last year’s conductors can be found here.

Six conductors will be selected for the program, and all participants will conduct a cast of exceptional young singers and The Dallas Opera Orchestra in two public concerts onDecember 4th and 10th, 2016.  In addition, four additional American citizens or legal residents’ observers will be invited to participate in the program, but will not have the opportunity to conduct.

Program participants are also eligible for an annual 2-day networking event in the summer of 2017, and potential invitations to serve as Assistant Conductors or Guest Conductors on future TDO productions and concerts. While The Dallas Opera is not able to make a firm commitment that program participants will be hired in the future, TDO’s 2016-2017 seasonwill welcome back several members of the inaugural class of the Hart Institute in a variety ofAssistant Conductor and Guest Conductor roles.


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