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Carolyn Watson

Carolyn Watson

Biography

Kansas City-based Australian conductor of opera, ballet and orchestral music and Music Director of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra in Indiana. US conducting credits include Amarillo Opera, Austin Symphony, Catskill Symphony, Des Moines Metro Opera, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, Interlochen Philharmonic, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, St. Joseph Symphony, and World Youth Symphony.

A major prizewinner at the 2012 Emmerich Kálmán International Operetta Conducting Competition in Budapest, notable European credits include Infektion!, a festival of modern theatre celebrating the works of John Cage at the Staatsoper Berlin, conducting musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic in Interaktion, a residency at the Israeli National Opera, and assisting Sir Charles Mackerras on his final two productions at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Glyndebourne. Additional international conducting credits include the Brandenburger Symphoniker, BBC Concert Orchestra, Budapest Operetta Theatre, Bulgarian State Opera Bourgas, Duna Szimfonikus Budapest, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie Graz, Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen, Mihail Jora Philharmonic Romania, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and in Russia, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. In Australia she has worked with the Darwin Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Tasmania Discovery Orchestra and Willoughby Symphony.

Carolyn was a Fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival where she studied with David Zinman, and has participated in master classes with Marin Alsop, Peter Eötvös, Yoel Levi, Martyn Brabbins and Alex Polishchuk.

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • Tours

Regions

  • Chicago/Midwest
  • Australia/NZ

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)

Pronouns

  • She/Her