NOVEMBER 9, 2021, VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver Opera is pleased to announce conductor Jennifer Tung will be joining the creative team of Orfeo ed Euridice through a landmark national conducting fellowship.
Women in Musical Leadership is an innovative multi-year professional opportunity to advance music directors and conductors and richly expand the talent pool of musical leadership in Canada. The initiative, first announced in October 2020, is led and coordinated by Canada’s leading producer of contemporary opera Tapestry Opera, in partnership with Pacific Opera Victoria, Lead Orchestral Partner Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and in collaboration with leading opera and music organizations across Canada.
“We are honoured to be a partner organization of this program and to help develop the careers of female conductors and music directors in Canada,” says Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera, General Director. “With our return to the stage this season this is an exciting time to welcome inaugural participant, Jennifer Tung, to our creative team.”
Jennifer Tung will join conductor Leslie Dala as he leads the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus alongside director Idan Cohen from Ne. Sans Opera and Dance in the season opener of Orfeo ed Euridice December 4 and 5 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
“I am so humbled and excited to be awarded this fellowship so I can focus on learning from the fantastic mentors as well as getting experiences on the podium that will help me hone this incredibly complex craft,” says Conductor Jennifer Tung. “I look forward to collaborating with many phenomenal musicians, to learn from them and to share my passion with them.”
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ABOUT WOMEN IN MUSICAL LEADERSHIP
Women in Musical Leadership is a full-time professional fellowship to advance six talented female-identifying and non-binary music directors and conductors and richly expand the talent pool of musical leadership in Canada. The program is led by Tapestry Opera in partnership with Pacific Opera Victoria and lead orchestral partner Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
The fellowship delivers three years of practical conducting experience and training, while developing a professional network that spans Canada. The program has been created to help collectively develop our next generation of musical leadership, and to address the historical professional gender imbalance in classical music. This program recognizes a spectrum of gender and acknowledges the tension between that spectrum and the binary assumptions and expectations of gendered oppression and discrimination. Therefore, this program accepts applications from women of all identities, cis or trans, and non-binary musicians who have lived experience of gendered oppression.
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