Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Women in Classical Music Symposium

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Julia Bullock
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Dallas Symphony Orchestra will present its 2022 Women in Classical Music Symposium. Administrators, educators, musicians and conductors from all over the world will gather in conversation, panels and discussions alike. Julia Bullock will be presented with the Award of Excellence.

The fourth year of the DSO’s Women in Classical Music Symposium will focus on inspiring women in top leadership positions. Despite the fact that women outpace their male counterparts in graduation from prominent conservatories and schools of music, they are severely underrepresented in titled conducting positions, in programming by major orchestras, on stage as soloists and in management leadership positions. The Dallas Symphony’s Symposium strives to help women reach their full potential professionally, while simultaneously acting as a catalyst for broad-scale change in the industry.

Panel discussions and conversations during the symposium will bring to light the strategic changes and pathways that can be created to advance the next generation of leaders. Panel topics at this year’s symposium include: The State of the Industry; Creative Careers: Forging Your Own Path; Breaking Through: Gender Identity, Stereotypes and Biases; History and Leadership of Black Women in U.S. Orchestras; and Creative Pathways: Pivots and Non-linear Careers. This year’s event will also feature new formats to further engage participants in conversation, including roundtable conversations and workshops.

The symposium will include two chamber music performances. The opening recital on Sunday, November 6, will feature Angela Fuller Heyde, DSO Principal Second Violin (Barbara K. & Seymour R. Thum Chair) and Emily Levin, DSO Principal Harp (Elsa Von Seggern Chair). DSO Composer-in-Residence Angélica Negrón will host and curate a concert on Tuesday, November 8.

The 2022 symposium will include more sessions geared toward mid-career professionals as well as early-career professionals. The symposium will also offer more community-building opportunities such as group dinners hosted by panelists. The symposium will continue its tradition of networking opportunities with the ever-popular Coffee-Hour Chats. Individuals in all roles of classical music – orchestra members, soloists, composers, conductors and administrators – of all ages and genders, and at all stages of careers are welcome to attend, mingle and meet other industry professionals.

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Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201