HICKORY — Mélisse Brunet is one of four candidates selected for the position of incoming music director and conductor of the Western Piedmont Symphony as part of the Maestro Challenge. The Women’s Resource Center has announced that Brunet will be the guest speaker at its next Inspiring Women luncheon on Tuesday, February 26, from noon to 1 p.m.
“The Inspiring Women Luncheons are an opportunity to hear a wonderful guest speaker while enjoying lunch and the company of other women,” said Cindy Rose, WRC Executive Director. Rose notes that less than 20% of all conductors are women.
“Please plan to join us for this special event and find out how this inspiring woman is breaking down barriers in this male-dominated profession,” she said.
Brunet is one of six conductors selected from 161 applicants to the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at the Dallas Opera. She was assistant conductor of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic for two seasons and invited to conduct five concert series with them. She also regularly conducts five French professional orchestras and made her guest conductor debut in January with Symphoria in Syracuse, NY.
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Brunet believes that each passage on stage is an opportunity to share his passion with the public during talks-concerts and through the creative interaction of the musicians and the public throughout the show. His passion for sharing has always been transposed through his teaching and coaching of young musicians. In July 2016, she was appointed Director of Orchestral Activities at Appalachian State University, where she directs all symphony orchestras, operas, and musicals.
Brunet is a dynamic advocate for contemporary music and has worked closely with composers Steven Stucky, Shulamit Ran, Michael Daugherty, Eugene O’Brien and Jennifer Higdon. Brunet received her doctorate from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Conservatoire de Paris and La Sorbonne University.
The $10 registration fee includes lunch. Space is limited; anyone interested in attending can call and reserve their spot at 828-322-6333. The Inspiring Women Luncheon is held at the Women’s Resource Center, 125 Third St., NE, Hickory.