Carolyn Watson is the newly appointed Orchestra Director at the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy in the USA, a position she will commence in August 2013. This posting follows a successful tenure as the inaugural Conductor-in-Residence at Sydney’s Conservatorium High School from 2011-2013. Carolyn is the current recipient of the Brian Stacey Award for emerging Australian conductors and a 2013-14 Dome Centenary Fellowship from the State Library of Victoria whereby she will undertake research and conduct performances of Australian choral works in Melbourne over the forthcoming year.
Carolyn was a major prizewinner at the 2012 Emmerich Kálmán International Operetta Conducting Competition in Budapest which will see her return to Hungary during the 2014-15 season for a series of concert engagements. In conjunction with Opera Foundation Australia’s 2012 Berlin New Music Opera Award Carolyn was Musical Assistant at the Staatsoper Berlin for Infektion!, a festival of modern theatre celebrating the works of John Cage. During 2010 she successfully debuted with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and was one of four conductors selected for Interaktion with musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, also working with Sir Charles Mackerras on his final two productions in this year. In 2009, Carolyn spent a period at the Israeli National Opera, where she assisted on a production of Carmen.
A Churchill Fellow, Carolyn is the recipient of the Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Prize awarded via the Australian Music Foundation in London, Opera Foundation Australia’s Bayreuth Opera Award and the Nelly Apt Conducting Scholarship.
Carolyn has been an active participant in master classes with Peter Eötvös, Yoel Levi and Alex Polischuk. In 2008 Carolyn conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra during the Orkney Conducting Course before returning home to conduct the World Youth Day Orchestra on the occasion of the Pope’s arrival in Australia. In 2007 she was a Fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she studied with David Zinman.
Featured in a national conductor preview with the Sydney Symphony, Carolyn in 2011, was also Assistant Conductor for the inaugural Australian World Orchestra concert season in Sydney working with Simone Young. During 2011 she was Associate Conductor of the Tasmania Discovery Orchestra and Assistant Chorus Master of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
Carolyn holds a PhD in Performance (Conducting) from the University of Sydney where the subject of her doctoral thesis was Gesture as Communication: The Art of Carlos Kleiber.
For more information please see www.carolyn-watson.com