Poll: A Glass Ceiling for Women Conductors?
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
JoAnn Falletta, the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony, added another post to her resume this week, becoming principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland. Her appointment comes just weeks after the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera named Kayoko Dan, a 33-year-old Japanese-American, as its new music director.
In 2007, Marin Alsop, a former student of Leonard Bernstein, became the first woman to serve as music director of a major American orchestra, with her appointment to the Baltimore Symphony. While there have been other orchestra-leading women who have broken through the glass ceiling -- including Alondra de la Parra, Anne Manson and Emmanuelle Haïm -- they remain outnumbered by men.
What do you think? Is the conducting field still a boy's club? Take our poll and leave your comments below.