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Women in Musical Leadership Year 3 applications open

Apply now to be part of our 2023 Women in Musical Leadership cohort

Location: Toronto and across Canada
Type: Full-time, July 2023 – June 2024
Salary: $35,000
Women in Musical Leadership application deadline: Monday, January 30, 2023
Start date: July 2023

Women in Musical Leadership is an advanced three-year conducting program structured as a series of placements with Tapestry Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and partner organizations across Canada. The program’s goal is to allow developing conductors to focus solely on conducting. After three years, they emerge ready for regular professional engagements.

Conductors are given practical opportunities to assist, observe, conduct, build professional experience and expand their networks with a range of organizations in symphonic, chamber, operatic, and contemporary repertoire. Recent opportunities for WML conductors include working with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the program’s lead orchestral partner, assistant conducting world premieres with Tapestry Opera (Gould’s Wall, R.U.R. A Torrent of Light), and assisting main stage productions with Vancouver Opera (Orfeo ed Eurydice) and Pacific Opera Victoria (Carmen).

Conductors are provided mentorship through a Conducting Advisory Council (comprising leading conductors in the field), and regularly work with Key Mentors JoAnn Falletta, Rosemary Thomson, and Karen Kamensek, who help guide conductors through their time in the program. 
This advanced program is for applicants who want to develop their careers as conductors and music directors with salaried, practical experience. Visit our Women in Musical Leadership page for more information about our partners, key mentors, conducting advisors, and the inaugural cohort.

How to apply

Women in Musical Leadership is for self-identified women or non-binary conductors who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Generally, applicants will have completed advanced studies (or equivalent experience) in a primary instrument, have some previous conducting experience, and demonstrate readiness for professional opportunities and training.

Please apply via our application form. Potential applicants are required to supply the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Repertoire List
  • Written Artist Statement
  • Two to three conducting videos
  • One to two videos of conductors at their primary instrument
  • Two professional references

There will be two rounds of evaluation. Firstly by a jury committee, where candidates will be evaluated based on materials provided, on level of musicality, technical skill, overall presentation, and collaborative and leadership potential.

The jury comprises Women in Musical Leadership Conductor Advisory Committee members, including representatives from Tapestry Opera, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Candidates selected for the second round will have a 30-minute interview conducted by zoom.

Please read our FAQs before submitting your application. If you’re still unsure of your eligibility or have other questions regarding the WML program and application process, contact Program Manager Camille Rogers (crogers@tapestryopera.com).

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