Naomi Woo conducting on a podium

Women in Musical Leadership

Redefining leadership in classical music: a three-year conducting program designed to cultivate the next generation of women and non-binary conductors

Women in Musical Leadership (WML) is a three-year program designed to collectively develop the next generation of women and non-binary conductors and music directors in Canada.

Led by Tapestry Opera with lead orchestral partner Toronto Symphony Orchestra and lead partner Pacific Opera Victoria, the program addresses a historic gender inequity on the podium by providing women and non-binary conductors active mentorship with leading conductors in the field, deep and varied experience with professional companies, and a robust artistic network.

Women in Musical Leadership builds pathways to success for exceptional women and non-binary music leaders for generations. 

Help transform the face of music in Canada!

WML provides conductors with the opportunity to assist, observe, conduct, and build experience within a range of organizations in symphonic, chamber, operatic, and contemporary repertoire. This gives conductors the professional experience and training that will enable them to take the podium anywhere in the world.


Don’t miss the opportunity to see WML Conductors in action.

Jeremy Dutcher & the KSO
Kamloops Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2023/24 Season with Jeremy Dutcher & the KSO. Leading the orchestra is guest conductor Jennifer Tung. Two performances are in Sagebrush Theatre: Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, both at 7:30 p.m. 

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Le Kitchen Party
Tue, May 21, 2024, 8 PM Theatre Passe Muraille
Juliane Gallant shares a mix of traditional and contemporary compositions with exceptional guest performers Jacques Arsenault, Pierre-André Doucet and Marie Andrée Gaudet, who will transport you to small-town Maritime Canada and fill your hearts with nostalgia for a home-cooked meal around the kitchen table with friends and family. 

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Iron Chef d’Orchestre
Wed, May 22, 2024, 8 PM | Theatre Passe Muraille
Jennifer Tung and Keith Klassen co-host this delicious concert inspired by Jennifer’s 15 years of working with Tapestry and Keith’s unique sense of humour. Special guests, including Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó, join in an evening of new ideas, sharing the excitement of creation.

Naomi Woo conducting on a podium

WML Masterclass with the TSO
Wed, June 5, 2024, 7 PM Roy Thomson Hall
Join Tapestry Opera for the unique opportunity to see the Women in Musical Leadership program in action! Tickets are free.

Program Manager
Camille Rogers

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Women in Musical Leadership is a project led by Tapestry Opera in partnership with Pacific Opera Victoria and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.