September 2020

The Dallas Opera Hart Institute for Women Conductors 2021

Michelle has been selected as a Conducting Fellow to participate in this groundbreaking institute, which has changed the face of classical music by significantly advancing the careers of women in the most visible position in the orchestra. 


May 2020

20/21 Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellowship  

Michelle will be joining Project Inclusion with the Chicago Sinfonietta for the 20/21 season as a Fellow/Auditor.

September 2020

Featured Speaker at the III International Symposium Women Conductors 2020 

Michelle was invited to be a featured speaker and present on her research on female conductors that have emigrated to the U.S. She was also part of a panel about the profession in the U.S. with Antonia Joy Wilson as moderator.

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May 2020

Michelle Graduated with a Doctoral Degree in Music

Michelle defended her research paper in April 2020 titled "A Survey on a Set of Emigreé Female Conductors in the U.S.: Challenges and Perceptions. She now is a Doctor of Musical Arts with emphasis in Orchestral Conducting, title granted by Arizona State University.

June 2020

2020 Austrian American Foundation Faber Young Conductors Fellowship

This fellowship provides promising young conductors (age 30 or younger) from the United States the opportunity to spend up to four weeks at the Salzburg Festival observing the world’s leading conductors and artists at work during rehearsals and performances.

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