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Another Australia Conductor Picked For Elite Dallas Opera Residency

Sarah Penicka-Smith will take part in the Hart Institute for Women Conductors, becoming the fourth Australian selected since the residency began four years ago.

Australian conductor Sarah Penicka-Smith has been selected for this year’s Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera. Penicka-Smith is one of six professionals chosen for the elite residency, a program designed to further the careers of distinctively talented female conductors, from a total of 51 women conductors and professional musicians from 19 countries.

“Frankly, it’s a huge privilege to be going to Dallas,” Penicka-Smith told Limelight. “This is the first time I’ve applied for an international program so I wasn’t really expecting that 4am phone call! The achievements of both the previous and current participants are remarkable. I’m grateful to be included, and especially so that the panel clearly took the time to watch all the footage we submitted to determine who they wanted for this year’s program.”

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