Stephanie Rhodes Russell (USA), who participated in the inaugural Hart Institute for Women Conductors (2015), is the newly appointed associate conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival and a Conducting Fellow at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. She received a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2019. Rhodes Russell recently made her European conducting debut with Staatsoper Stuttgart’s Oper im Nord. Other achievements include Handel’s Alcina at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and The Magic Flute with the Miami Summer Music Festival. As a Fulbright award recipient, Rhodes Russell spent the 2012/2013 season in Moscow, working as a guest coach at the Bolshoi Theatre. TDO commissioned her to transliterate Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and she teaches workshops on Russian diction for singers at young-artist programs and universities across America. Rhodes Russell has also served on the music staffs of the major opera companies of Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, among others. She is founder and board chair of the non-profit Women’s Artistic Leadership Initiative. An alumna of Houston Grand Opera Studio and San Francisco’s Merola Opera program, Rhodes Russell holds degrees in collaborative piano and piano performance and completed a doctorate in orchestral conducting.