53: Carolyn Watson on Conducting Study

While conducting music requires a specific level of technique, one’s success as a conductor cannot be complete without mastering musicianship. 

In this episode of The Conductor’s Podcast, I am beyond ecstatic to have Dr. Carolyn Watson as my guest as she enlightens young and experienced conductors alike, the essence of musicianship, musical intent and musical conviction when conducting study. 

Carolyn Watson is Director of Orchestras at the University of Illinois, Principal Guest Conductor of the Kansas
City Chamber Orchestra, and Music Director of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra in Indiana. 

Originally from Australia, she has been based in the United States since 2013 during which time she has led performances with Amarillo Opera, Austin Symphony, Catskill Symphony, Dallas Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, Interlochen Philharmonic, Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, St. Joseph Symphony and World Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

Carolyn’s 22-23 season includes debuts with Monash Academy Orchestra (Australia), Cape Symphony, Traverse Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, as well as returns to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kansas City Ballet. Carolyn holds a PhD in Performance (Conducting) from the University of Sydney where she studied under Imre Palló. www.carolyn-watson.com

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