“As part of a broad initiative to promote women in the classical music world, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has announced dates and leaders for its inaugural Women in Classical Music Symposium,” writes Scott Cantrell in Wednesday’s (4/24) Dallas Morning News. “To be held Nov. 6-9, the symposium will include panels and discussions on challenges and opportunities for female performers, composers and administrators. Major figures in the classical music world and related fields will address subjects including ‘Changing the Script: Women in Classical Music,’ ‘Pathways for Change’ and ‘Practical Next Steps.’ There also will be opportunities to observe rehearsals and performances. The final day will be presented in conjunction with the overlapping Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors. Soprano Dawn Upshaw is the inaugural winner of the DSO’s Women in Classical Music Award. ‘Though we are definitely seeing strides in the leadership roles of women in classical music, the representation of women on the conductor’s podium and as regularly commissioned composers must improve,’ said Kim Noltemy, the DSO’s president and CEO, in a news release. ‘We are committing to a sustained effort to make changes to the industry to provide increased opportunities for women to succeed…. Now is the time to make this happen.’ ”

Posted April 26, 2019

In photo left to right, three of the panelists and moderators at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Women in Classical Music Symposium: Dallas Symphony President and CEO Kim Noltemy; Dallas Symphony Principal Guest Conductor Gemma New; and Emily Levin, Dallas Symphony Principal Harp.