Perth Symphony’s 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 24 participants, welcomed 30+ observers and guests, brought world class mentors from the UK and across Australia, and created a supportive and encouraging environment for aspiring conductors and music leaders.

“The supportiveness of teachers and participants on the course alone has increased my confidence in my ability.”
– Participant, 2020 Women on the Podium program

The program includes workshops, conducting masterclasses, and discussions with experts in the industry, with mentoring from lead faculty members Alice Farnham (UK, Founder of the renowned ‘Women Conductors’ program) and Jessica Gethin (AU, program ambassador and inaugural fellow of the Dallas Institute for Women Conductors) to develop their skills in orchestral conducting, musicianship and leadership, build confidence and knowledge to start and run their own ensembles.

“I’m thrilled to be ambassador for this exciting initiative. Being an inaugural fellow for The Dallas Opera’s Institute of Women Conductors gave me the visibility and support on an international level to get to the next step; I hope that in providing a platform for emerging female conductors right here in WA, we can encourage even more diversity and fostering of talent on home grounds.”
– Jessica Gethin, Conductor & Women on the Podium program

Applicants of all ages are welcomed to apply and the program historically runs across two weekends each year, in line with COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. Applications for the 2021 will program will be opening soon.

The program is free to successful applicants, thanks to funding from the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries and the Minderoo Foundation, as well as generous donations from the Perth Symphony Women’s Conductor’s Circle.

Please contact us for more information on this fantastic program.

Resources for Participants (July-August 2020)


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We are currently not taking applications for this program. Please join our mailing list to be the first to hear when applications for 2021 open.