Our Women on the Podium program is a unique conducting and leadership program targeted at female Western Australian musicians. 

Women on the Podium, to date, has engaged over 40 participants, collaborated with many of WA’s major arts companies, welcomed 30+ observers and guests, brought world-class mentors to WA from the UK and across Australia, and created a supportive and encouraging environment for aspiring conductors and music leaders. 

“Every time I have these experiences, I grow as a musician, an artist, a conductor and as a human. l learned not only more about the music and conducting technique, but also myself. “ Elise Chong, Advanced Conductor 2022 

The program will include workshops, conducting masterclasses and discussions with experts in the industry, with mentoring from lead faculty members Alice Farnham (UK) and Jessica Gethin (AU), and faculty members Sarah Ioannides (UK/AU), Sarah-Grace Williams (AU), Peter Moore (AU) and Kris Bowtell (AU) to develop skills in orchestral conducting, musicianship and leadership, build confidence and knowledge to start and run their own ensembles. 

Applicants of all ages and all levels of experience are welcomed and encouraged to apply 

‘I had an amazing time and took so much away from the weekend – slowly implementing it into my current ensembles with some really exciting events coming up so thank you again, this has really inspired me and given me extra confidence just to go for it!’ Nikki Demandolx – Beginner’s Weekend 2022 

Please contact our WOTP Coordinator Penny Shaw at to express your interest in the program.  

The program is free to successful applicants, thanks to funding from the Minderoo Foundation, and Wesfarmers Arts as well as generous donations from the Women on the Podium Giving Circle.