The Challenge

Just as in the business world, the arena of classical music has its glass ceilings. Most symphony orchestras tend to entrust their artistic and financial futures to male leaders. According to the League of American Orchestras, women comprise only 16.3% of all the conductors working today. At the very top levels of their field, role models for women conductors have traditionally been male. With Maestra Alsop’s historic appointment as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony in 2005, the first woman selected to lead a major American Symphony orchestra, the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship is ideally positioned to provide positive mentorship and support to women conductors who have chosen a career in classical music.

* According to the League’s 2006 database records which include adult, youth, collegiate, and international orchestras.