The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors 2017

Click below to apply for the 2017 Institute of Women Conductors’ Program

Women conductors from around the world are invited to apply to the third residency of the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute of Women Conductors 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 in Dallas from November 6 to November 18, 2017.

This unique and internationally well-publicized program includes hands-on conducting opportunities with the full Dallas Opera Orchestra; master classes with music director of The Dallas Opera, Emmanuel Villaume, renowned Italian maestro Carlo Montanaro, and TDO’s Principal Guest Conductor, Nicole Paiement; seminars on leadership and personal branding with General Director & CEO Keith 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 on November 11th and 18th, 2017.  In addition, four additional American citizens or legal residents will be invited to observe the program, but will not have the opportunity to conduct.  The Dallas Opera will cover the travel, housing, visa costs and honorarium of the selected participants to the Institute.

The Institute also boasts a 2-day networking and master class’s reunion in spring or summer following the fall residency.  The current generation of the Hart Institute alumni spring’s reunion will be in partnership with San Francisco Opera and the Adler Fellows in April 2017.  The date and location for the upcoming application cycle will be announced in due course.
While The Dallas Opera is not able to make a firm commitment that program participants will be hired in the future, TDO’s 2017-2018 season will welcome back several members of the past two classes of the Hart Institute in a variety of Assistant Conductor and Guest Conductor roles.


The program is generously supported by Linda and Mitch Hart, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation.

Media Links:

Jessica Gethin wins Brian Stacey Emerging Conductor Award
Culture Map Dallas
Slipped Disc
WQXR New York
D Magazine Frontrow
Pizzicato Magazine
The Dallas Morning News


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