Dallas Symphony’s 2021 Women in Classical Music Symposium to focus on work/family balancing act, racial equity, achieving upper-level positions

Posted on: November 4, 2021

“Juggling work and family life has never been more difficult for countless mothers in the time of COVID,” writes Tim Diovanni in Wednesday’s (11/3) Dallas Morning News. “Jeri Lynne Johnson, an orchestra conductor based in Philadelphia … will discuss this balancing act on a panel in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Women in Classical Music Symposium. Now in its third installment, Nov. 7-10, the event will bring together musicians and administrators to address difficulties faced by women in the field…. Racial equity will also take center stage. With racial sensitivities heightened since the 2020 murder of George Floyd, classical music groups nationwide have increasingly highlighted BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) performers and composers…. Simon Woods, CEO of the League of American Orchestras, sees 2020 as a turning point for the field. ‘We have taken a really deep look for what we stand for,’ he said.… The DSO … appointed Gemma New as principal guest conductor in 2018.… Next year … Nathalie Stutzmann takes the podium at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra…. Woods … predicts that more women will be appointed to upper-level positions, like music director, in the next ten years.”