Women and Conducting

February 16, 2017
Berklee College of Music
Valencia, Spain

“Women and Conducting” aims to shed light and raise awareness on the unbalanced presence of women in the world of conducting, and to discuss strategies and initiatives that could contribute to the elimination of the glass ceilings that exist on leadership positions in contemporary music spheres, from classical music to music direction, orchestration and film scoring.

Women and Conducting


“Last BBC Proms season included 75 concerts. Just eight of them had been conducted by women, with one woman, Marin Alsop, in charge of three of them. Quite simply, it’s not enough.”
The Guardian

Plácido Domingo

Globally Renowned Tenor, Conductor, and Arts Administrator

Alice Farnham

Cofounder and Artistic Director of Women Conductors at the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Vanessa Garde

Film and Television Composer; Faculty Member at Berklee College of Music’s campus in Valencia, Spain

Yi-Chen Lin

Conductor, Violinist, and Pianist.

Nan Schwartz

Composer; Grammy Winner, Five-Time Grammy Nominee, and Seven-Time Emmy Nominee.

Miriam González

Lawyer; Founder and Chair of Inspiring Girls International

Luana Chailly

Production Director of Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, Spain

Liz Teutsch

Director of Academic Technology; Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music's campus in Valencia, Spain



Location: Aula Magistral

11:00h - 14:00h


Brief History of Women in Conducting in the Valencian Symphonic Bands

Meet the Speakers

Leading the Way to the Podium

What's stopping women from developing a career in conducting? Our panelists will share their experiences, identify key challenges and offer strategies to empower future generations with the aim of closing the current gender gap.


Location: Aula Magistral

16:00h - 18:00h

Conducting Workshop

Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana.

With conductors Yi-Chen Lin and Alice Farnham, and assistant conductor José Vicente Leal Mora.

And the collaboration of Vicepresidència i Conselleria d'Igualtat i Polítiques Inclusives de la Generalitat Valenciana.