Louise Crossley Conductor Training Program

For emerging female and non-binary conductors.

Presented by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Applications open now for emerging female conductors.

Presented by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

A woman conducting an orchestra.

Applications for the 2024 program are now closed. Sign up to the TSO newsletter to receive updates on future intakes.

Investing in the development of the next generation of conductors is crucial for the continued vitality and evolution of classical music. It’s also at the heart of what we do at TSO.  Emerging conductors not only interpret compositions but also bring new perspectives and innovations to the art.

Each of our artistic training programs plays a vital role in cultivating musical talent helping them build careers in their field. This program carries the name of the late Dr Louise Crossley, whose bequest to the TSO was to develop and identify opportunities for female conductors, encouraging equal representation on stage. This was an area of personal importance to Dr Crossley, and we are proud to honour her wishes through this annual program.

Is this program for me?

  • This program provides a chance to practice and refine your conducting skills
  • Learn from a professional female conductor
  • Work and connect with your peers
  • We welcome individuals who identify as female or non-binary to apply (for clarity, this includes cisgender women, transgender women, and all non-binary and gender fluid people)
  • Open to emerging conductors based in Australia and New Zealand
  • This program and all involved are passionate about fostering and encouraging diverse perspectives in music

Taking place in nipaluna / Hobart, 10 – 11 August 2024.

With thanks to the generous bequest of Dr Louise Crossley there are no fees to applicants to participate in this program.

Apply Here

For more information on the Rising Star Competition and prize details please go here.
For any further questions please contact Director Artistic Development Kim Waldock.

  • Entries close: 5pm, Friday 15 Mar 2024
  • Audition times issued: Wednesday 20 Mar 2024
  • Audition date: Monday 25 Mar 2024
  • Audition results issued: Wednesday 27 Mar 2024
  • Tentative Performance date: Saturday 17 Aug 2024

2024 Program

For our 2024 program we are thrilled to announce that participants will work under the guidance of Australian-British conductor Jessica Cottis.

Jessica has earned widespread recognition for her inventive, thought-provoking programming and inspiring musical leadership. A gifted communicator described as “cool, contained, super-articulate and engaging” (The Scotsman), she is one of the most outstanding Australian conductors working today, in high demand from orchestras around the world.

Jessica will be working with up to 8 conductors selected via online application. Course auditors of all genders are welcome to observe.

"The Louise Crossley Conductor Training Program is a fantastic and inspiring opportunity for emerging conductors in Australia. With the TSO I look forward to helping the next generation of conducting talent and continuing to advocate both for access and balance within the classical music industry."
– Jessica Cottis, 2024 Program Conductor

Past Winners


2023 Winner

Kara Thorpe


Naomi Dickers performing with the TSO.

2020 Winner

Naomi Dickers



2019 Winner

Tasman Compton


Sheng-Yuan Lynch

2018 Winner

Sheng-Yuan Lynch


Jeremy Yang

2011 Winner

Jeremy Yang


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