Regarding "Where Is the Ms. in Maestro?" [Style, July 19]: Among the five female conductors Tim Page cited, three held conducting positions in Denver. Marin Alsop is conductor emerita of the Colorado Symphony. JoAnn Falletta was the popular conductor of the Denver Chamber Orchestra. Antonia Brico was a guest conductor of what was then the Denver Symphony Orchestra -- and permanent conductor of the Brico Symphony, a community ensemble. Among her Denver proteges was folksinger and composer Judy Collins.
Maybe the message here for female conductors is: "Go west, young woman."
BARBARA HADDAD RYAN
The writer is former executive director of the Denver Chamber Orchestra.
As a reader from the Hagerstown area, I wish Tim Page had mentioned the Maryland Symphony's enthusiastic experience with conductor Elizabeth Schulze, who has led that orchestra since 1999. Chosen to succeed Barry Tuckwell after a national search and a year of trial performances for finalists, she was the unanimous choice of the players, the board and the audience. She has more than fulfilled high expectations -- brilliant programming, musicianship and a commanding stage presence, among other qualities.
The article, of course, focused on "leading orchestras," but a number of marvelous women are on the cusp of the big time and getting closer every year.
JOAN S. APPLEGATE
The assertion that Marin Alsop would be the first woman to run a major orchestra ["Musicians Balk at Choice of Baltimore Conductor; Woman Would Be First to Lead Major Orchestra," front page, July 18] may find dissenters among classical music lovers. Ms. Alsop's own Bournemouth Symphony is a renowned orchestra that has performed in Washington and around the world.
In this country, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Dallas Symphony all have or have had female conductors. And let's not forget the legendary Sarah Caldwell, who not only founded the Boston Opera, but was its musical conductor and artistic director.