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Q: First Woman Conductor in U.S. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: First Woman Conductor in U.S.
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Asked by: olgaro-ga
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Posted: 29 Dec 2004 11:53 PST
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Who was the first woman symphony orchestra conductor, in Boston Massachusetts?
Subject: Re: First Woman Conductor in U.S.
Answered By: thx1138-ga on 29 Dec 2004 12:25 PST
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Hello olgaro and thank you for your question.

The first woman to conduct a symphony orchestra in Boston
Massachusetts was Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) She became conductor in

"During her long and storied career, she became the first woman to
conduct the major symphony orchestras in New York, Philadelphia,
Boston and other cities." 

"In 1938 she was asked how it felt to be the first woman conductor of
the Boston Symphony and she answered:  "I've been a woman for a little
more than fifty years, and I've gotten over my original astonishment."
 She was still working and teaching, though blind and confined to a
wheelchair, until her death in 1979 at the age of 92."


And the first woman to conduct a symphony orchestra in the USA was
Mary Davenport-Engberg in 1914.

In Bellingham, Washington, Mary Davenport-Engberg is the first woman
to conduct a symphony orchestra."

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