FACULTY: DIANE WITTRY
– Music Director/Conductor/Author
Internationally respected conductor Diane Wittry is currently the Music Director and Conductor for the Allentown Symphony, PA. She is in demand as a guest conductor nationally and internationally, and has conducted orchestras in Italy, Japan, Russia, Slovakia, Bosnia, Canada, and Ukraine. American orchestras she has worked with include: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Milwaukee Symphony, The San Diego Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The New Jersey Symphony, The Houston Symphony, The Florida Philharmonic, and The Ojai Festivals Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Diane Wittry is also the Artistic Director (USA) of the International Cultural Exchange Program with the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia, and the Artistic Director of Pizazz Music, a performing ensemble that brings classical music to people in new and different ways.
Over the years, Diane Wittry has received many honors and awards including feature articles in Newsweek magazine and the New York Times; an Arts Ovation Award from the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania; the Women of Excellence Award in Beaumont, Texas; the national Helen M. Thompson Award from the American Symphony Orchestra League for outstanding artistic leadership; and the prestigious Fiorino Doro Award from the City of Vinci, Italy. Her book, “Beyond the Baton” was released by Oxford University Press in January 2007 and was reprinted in the new paperback edition in 2011.
For more information on Diane Wittry’s work, please visit her website: www.DianeWittry.com
SEMINAR BOOK: BEYOND THE BATON – What Every Conductor Needs to Know
By Diane Wittry
Regular Price: Reduced Price for Seminar:
Seasoned conductor Diane Wittry draws a comprehensive roadmap to a successful career in Beyond the Baton. With first-hand understanding of how the role of the conductor has changed across the years, she expertly examines the new set of duties--both on and off of the podium--that now fall upon the shoulders of the music director.
From getting a job to fundraising and educational outreach, Wittry's comprehensive tips and strategies guide students and professional conductors alike through the leadership and organizational skills necessary for success. Numerous real-life examples illustrate vital skills for artistic leadership such as programming subscription, pops, and educational concerts; understanding the budget and the music director's role in funding the artistic vision; and presenting speeches, and radio and televised interviews. In informative conversations with the author, successful conductors Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and JoAnn Falletta offer tips from personal experience on how music directors can work successfully with orchestras, and what their roles are with the board and the community.
"There is much more to a successful conducting career than merely standing on the podium and making music. Diane Wittry has provided a remarkably thorough and thoughtful guide to this unique profession, one that will be of immense value to every aspiring conductor who hopes to work and flourish in American orchestras."
– Henry Fogel, President and CEO, American Symphony Orchestra League
UKRAINIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Ukrainian State Symphony Concert Orchestra, founded in 1979, is recognized as one of the most respected professional orchestras in
Ukraine. The repertoire of the orchestra is quite diverse, including standard classical compositions, new music, and even jazz. The Ukrainian State Symphony Concert Orchestra tours Internationally every year and has received excellent reviews.
For more information go to: www.BeyondtheBaton.com