Dr. Carolyn Watson

Orchestra Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy
Conductor, Interlochen Philharmonic, Interlochen Arts Camp


Ph.D., Orchestral Conducting, University of Sydney; Advanced Diploma, Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music, Hungary; BMusEd (Hons), University of Sydney.

Carolyn Watson comes to Interlochen following a successful tenure as the inaugural Conductor-in-Residence at the Conservatorium High School in Sydney, Australia, from 2011-2013. She 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.

In 2012 Carolyn was a major prizewinner at the Emmerich Kálmán International Operetta Conducting Competition in Hungary and 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 New Berlin Opera Award and the Nelly Apt Conducting Scholarship.

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.