How many female conductors and composers can you think of in 30 seconds? Chances are the list may be fairly short. Inspired by this observation, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) is hosting the Women in Music Symposium taking place October 7-8, 2017 at the Newman Center for Performing Arts, with performances, masterclasses, lectures, and panels featuring local and national speakers on the topic.
The premier youth orchestra organization of the Colorado Front Range, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra is a talented group of students who ask tough questions. When confronted with the gap of women’s role in the classical music industry, they decided to face it head on, with a two-day event focused on the issue.
A special event for students and professionals to learn from each other, the event is expected to draw participation from Denver and around the country. As a collaborative event, the goal is to bring attention to a global/national issue for women in music. Because of Denver’s large cultural and artistic presence on a national level, the symposium hopes to highlight talent and bring attention to the inequity existing in the classical music world.
This goal was a factor which lead to the event being awarded an Imagine 2020 grant, a cultural plan focused on a collective vision for Denver surrounding collective leadership, nurturing local talent, and amplifying arts, culture and creativity to residents and the world.
Tickets can be purchased for the Women in Music Symposium, with admission to the concert, or as a separate concert ticket. [Organizer's description]