The Women in Musical Leadership program creates opportunities. It enriches the talent pool through a unique infrastructure that gives conductors the necessary time, connections, support, and experience to thoroughly establish themselves in the profession. 

The program is for six conductors in cohorts of 2, beginning a year apart. We’ve partnered with symphonies, orchestras, chamber ensembles, music festivals, and opera companies across Canada to create practical opportunities for conductors to assist, observe, conduct, and build professional experience.

Program Partners

Lead partnerPacific Opera Victoria
Lead orchestral partnerToronto Symphony Orchestra
Participating organizations to dateAssociation for Opera in Canada
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Continuum Contemporary Music
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Kamloops Symphony
Kingston Symphony
Manitoba Opera 
Manitoba Underground Opera
National Arts Centre Orchestra
New Music Concerts
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra
Opera Kelowna
Opera McGill
Regina Symphony Orchestra
Sistema Toronto
Shaw Festival
Symphony Nova Scotia
Toronto Summer Music
Vancouver Opera
Victoria Symphony
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

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!

Jennifer Tung Women in Musical Leadership

“WML provides the opportunity to work with some of the finest arts organizations in the country. My time with Vancouver Opera and the Toronto Symphony this year has been amazing and invaluable to my development as a conductor. There is truly no other program like it in Canada!”

Jennifer Tung, WML Year 1 Conductor
(Jennifer Tung leading rehearsals for Vancouver Opera’s 2021 Orfeo and Euridice. Photo by Tim Matheson.)

Career Mentors

Conducting Advisors

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