VC INTERVIEW | Dallas Symphony CEO Kim Noltemy – ‘Girls in Classical Music’ Symposium

The Violin Channel this week caught up with Dallas Symphony President and CEO, Ms Kim Noltemy – on the DSO’s inaugural 2019 ‘Girls in Classical Music‘ Symposium, in Dallas.

The four day occasion, hosted at Dallas’ Meyerson Symphony Heart from the sixth to the ninth of November, is presently that includes performances, talks, public keynote shows and panel discussions on matters related to ladies within the classical music trade – together with ‘Altering the Script of Girls in Classical Music,’ ‘Pathways for Change’ and the ‘Sensible Subsequent Steps’.


Thanks, Kim. The place did this concept come from to host a gathering – particularly for girls presently working within the classical music trade? 

“On the DSO, we’re committing to elevating and supporting proficient ladies as an integral a part of our creative and administration imaginative and prescient.

In eager about our broader strategic imaginative and prescient of girls in classical music, we felt that we should always supply artists, managers, college students, directors, conductors and composers an opportunity to attach and speak about necessary issues.

Programming, hiring, and commissioning are all methods we on the DSO can have an effect within the orchestral world, however so is internet hosting a Symposium so we will speak in regards to the varied issues, suggestions, experiences to share a pathway to success for girls who work in classical music in all kinds of positions”


Why do you are feeling it’s necessary to host this occasion – and what’s it your staff is hoping may be achieved?

“There actually are not any boards in our trade the place we dedicate the dialog to ladies’s position and success within the trade.

We hope that we will construct a stronger community of girls within the enterprise who can help one another and create alternatives for girls now and for the subsequent technology of girls who’ve just lately or quickly to graduate and need a profession in classical music”


What can we anticipate to see this week in Dallas?

“Vital discussions on the challenges, previous current and future.

An opportunity to construct relationships and a community with inspiring colleagues.

A discussion board for feminine conductors, composers, volunteers, board members, managers, directors, musicians, college students and others to share concepts and construct connections.

A chance to be the bulk voice within the dialogue”


What are the most important inequalities you are feeling are current in the present day within the classical music trade?

“The rostrum continues to be very male dominated, particularly within the position of music director, which has plenty of affect on commissions, visitor conductors/artists, and due to this fact, the trade as complete.

“Gender fairness is missing in lots of facets of the administration of orchestra.

Some orchestras have actually centered on addressing this and lots of others haven’t”


Do you’ve gotten different follow-up initiatives deliberate? And, what do you are feeling is required to maintain this momentum progressing submit the symposium?

“The Symposium shall be an annual occasion.

We plan to be in contact with the attendees in order that we will share information and create a extra formal community for the group.

The DSO continues our work on this space each day …”



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