Dallas Symphony and Dallas Opera advocate for expanded roles for women in classical music

Posted on: November 15, 2019

“Dallas has made a name for itself in football, barbecue, oil production, country music and dozens of other stereotypically Texan arenas,” states a Tuesday (11/12) opinion piece by the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News. “We’re proud of that heritage. But we’re also proud of our city’s growing reputation in another arena … gender equality in classical music. According to industry website Bachtrack, only five of the 100 busiest conductors in the world are women. Dallas Symphony Orchestra CEO Kim Noltemy told our reporter that women haven’t enjoyed the same opportunities as men in the world of classical music. But, happily, Dallas is helping to change that. This month, the Dallas Opera hosted its fifth annual Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors, a two-week residency that includes master classes, hands-on conducting opportunities, seminars, networking … and coaching.… This year, the DSO joined the cause with its first Women in Classical Music Symposium, a four-day conference attended by 250 people and highlighted by a DSO performance conducted by its first female principal guest conductor, Gemma New…. Dallas is a great place to be a cowboy, an oil baron and a football coach. It’s also a great place to be a female leader.”

Posted November 15, 2019

In photo: Kim Noltemy, president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Louis DeLuca