Women in Musical Leadership (WML) is designed to collectively develop the next generation of female and non-binary conductors and music directors in Canada. Led by Tapestry Opera with lead orchestral partner Toronto Symphony Orchestra and lead partner Pacific Opera Victoria, the program is for 6 conductors in cohorts of 2, each beginning a year apart. Participants participate in residencies with symphonies, orchestras, chamber ensembles, music festivals, and opera companies across Canada to create practical opportunities for conductors to assist, observe, conduct, and build professional experience. Opera Kelowna is proud to host cohort members in residency throughout the summer as part of our mainstage production.
2022 WML Conductor in Residence, Monica Chen
A native of Vancouver, Monica Chen is one of the fellows participating in the Orchestre Métroplitain Conducting Academy, and of Tapestry Opera’s Women in Musical Leadership program. Recent conducting performances include conducting the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec as one of three participants chosen from the Domaine Forget International Summer Academy, and performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as one of the featured conductors in their RBC Conductor Showcase. She has worked closely with maestros including Thomas Rösner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the late Bramwell Tovey.