A momentous occasion comes along with the opening of 2013’s Interlochen Arts Academy season. The Academy will welcome Dr. Carolyn Watson, the first woman to lead the Arts Academy orchestra through the Academy’s year.
Dr. Watson comes to Interlochen from Sydney, Australia where she served as conductor-in-residence of the Conservatorium High School. She has held conducting positions with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Dr. Watson has worked with many of the world's major orchestras, including Hannover State Orchestra, Budapest Operetta Theatre, Berlin Staatsoper and Sydney Symphony. She has served as assistant to Marin Alsop and Sir Charles Mackerras, and has won conducting prizes in Berlin, Sydney, and Budapest. Dr. Watson is the recipient of the 2013 Brian Stacey Award for emerging Australian conductors, and the Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Prize, awarded by the Australian Music Foundation in London in 2008. As a conducting fellow at Aspen Music School Dr. Watson studied with David Zinman. Dr. Watson holds a Ph.D. in conducting from Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney, General and advanced diplomas from the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary, and licentiate diplomas in violin performance from Trinity College of Music in London. Needless to say, Dr. Watson is a supremely qualified Orchestra Director.
“I am very pleased with Dr. Watson’s appointment and all of the potential that appointment brings with it,” says department of music director Kedrik Merwin. “She is a veritable treasure trove of talent and experience, someone who will most certainly advance the musical careers of our students by leaps and bounds. This appointment is certainly a grand example of Interlochen’s commitment to bringing in the best of the best when it comes to educators leading our students.”
“I am confident that Dr. Watson's experience and musicality in leading the Academy Orchestra will continue to enhance the reputation of the orchestra as the finest high school ensemble of its type in the world,” continued Merwin.
Dr. Watson comes to Interlochen during an exciting time. The talent pool this year is outstanding and everyone involved in the Interlochen Arts Academy has high hopes for what Dr. Watson’s appointment means for that group of incredibly talented high school students. With Dr. Watson's new energy and ideas, the orchestra is set to continue the Academy's long tradition of musical excellence.