Women conductors from around the world and American women opera administrators are invited to apply to the sixth residency of the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute of Women Conductors (HIWC) at The Dallas Opera, a unique program designed to further the careers of distinctively talented female conductors and opera administrators.
While successful conductor applicants will generally be 40 years old or under, there is no strict age cutoff. This season’s residency will take place in Dallas from February 8 to February 19, 2021.
The application deadline is May 1, 2020. Early applications are encouraged.
About the Program
The world’s first program designed to meet the needs of women opera conductors, the prestigious Hart Institute provides hands-on conducting opportunities with The Dallas Opera Orchestra and master classes with the internationally-acclaimed music director of The Dallas Opera, Emmanuel Villaume and TDO’s Principal Guest Conductor, Nicole Paiement (the music director of San Francisco’s award-winning Opera Parallèle). The Hart Institute presents seminars and one-on-ones with prominent leaders in classical music and opera. Topics include selecting the right artist manager, best practices in working with executive recruiters, opera management and fund-raising, personal branding, media management and more.
At the end of the program, each conductor will have access to high resolution video that shows her conducting full-length overtures and arias or ensembles with The Dallas Opera Orchestra. This material will be hosted on the TDO website, and may be viewed by prospective artist managers, opera general directors and symphony CEOs, artistic directors and administrators, as well as the media. A sample of video material from one of our alumnae can be found here.
While The Dallas Opera is not able to make a firm commitment to every participant in this program, TDO’s 2019-2020 Season will welcome back several members of the past four classes of the Hart Institute in a variety of assistant conductor and guest conductor roles.
While the Hart Institute began with a focus on supporting talented conductors, the challenges faced by women opera administrators are equally daunting. To address this imbalance, The Dallas Opera has added a new component to the institute.
Beginning in 2017, and for the next six years, TDO will invite between two and four American opera administrators to join the program each season. These women will be selected on the basis of their potential to become the leader of one of America’s top opera companies later in their careers. The selected opera administrators will attend all sessions during the annual residency in Dallas. This curriculum includes the role of the Board, leadership development, personal branding, media and PR training, effective artist management, and navigating recruiting processes for senior level positions. To continue to develop their musical skills, which is essential for any opera executive, the administrators will observe rehearsals with The Dallas Opera Orchestra and conducting master classes. Special sessions on Marketing, Development, and Finance will also be offered to these administrators.
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