Classics in the Cohan III
February 4, 2017
Winner of The American Prize of Orchestral Conducting and 19 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming from the League of American Orchestras, Nan Washburn is one of the most dynamic conductors working in the U.S. today. She is currently the Music Director of the Michigan Philharmonic and was also appointed the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, an ensemble that she founded in 2003. She has also served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the West Hollywood Orchestra, Music Director of Orchestra Sonoma, the Camellia Symphony in Sacramento, Principal Conductor of the Channel Islands Symphony, the Acalanes Chamber Orchestra, the American Jazz Theater, and Director of the San Francisco State University Symphony Orchestra. She made her debut conducting opera in Los Angeles. Washburn first came to national attention as a Co-founder, Artistic Director, and Associate Conductor of the San Francisco-based Women's Philharmonic from 1980 to 1990, during which time she became one of the leading authorities on and advocates for orchestral works of women composers. Washburn earned her Bachelors of Music Degree with highest honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving the Chancellor's Scholar Award, and earned her Master's Degree in performance from New England Conservatory of Music.
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