Louise Crossley Conducting Workshop

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

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TSO announces Louise Crossley Conducting Workshop

An opportunity to inspire and engage women conductors

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra announces another conductor training opportunity, with a focus on female conductors. 

Named in honour of the late Dr Louise Crossley, whose 2015 bequest was intended to develop and identify opportunities for female conductors, the Louise Crossley Conducting Workshop will take place in Hobart on August 12, 2018. Up to six female participants will benefit from an intensive workshop with Elena Schwarz, former assistant conductor of the TSO, and an opportunity to work through repertoire with two pianists

The workshop is open nationally to female applicants of university age and above, with applications opening May 4. There is no cost to participants and the TSO is offering bursaries, on request, to assist interstate participants with travel costs. Observers of any gender are encouraged, and welcome to attend free of charge.

Nicholas Heyward, TSO Managing Director said, ‘This workshop, which we hope to continue in future years, offers a tangible opportunity to nurture female conductors and further honours Louise’s wishes  to make a significant contribution in this area.  We’re very lucky to have the benefit of Elena, who is establishing an international career and is a great role model for aspiring conductors.’

An alumnus of the Australian Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program, Elena Schwarz has participated in conducting courses with Christopher Seaman, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch and Giordano Bellincampi. Her year-long appointment with the TSO in 2017 as Assistant Conductor was also supported by Crossley’s bequest; she was concurrently Assistant Conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. She is currently engaged as  Assistant Conductor to Mikko Franck at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris.

The TSO facilitates a number of elite training programs each year, including The Australian Conducting Academy, which took place earlier this year, and plays a vital role in nourishing talented emerging conductors, supporting graduates to build substantial careers in Australia and internationally.  The Louise Crossley Conducting Workshop offers ‘yet another pathway towards becoming a conductor,’ Mr Heyward said.

Applications open May 1, more information about how to apply is available on the TSO website at: www.tso.com.au/training/

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