Conductor Barbara Day Turner is music director of the San José Chamber Orchestra, which she founded 20 years ago. She is an ardent advocate for new music and has commissioned and premiered more than 110 new works which have been performed by the San José Chamber Orchestra. Maestra Day Turner is also the music administrator and conductor of the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater where she has been resident conductor for the past 10 seasons. Most recently, she led an all Gershwin
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
It meant freedom to explore some projects that require non-billable hours. And it was welcome recognition for long-term hard work.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
Still conducting and playing keyboards. Hopefully it's getting better and better. Keeping busy - locally as director of San Jos? Chamber Orchestra, which I founded in 1991; but also guest-conducting here, around the country, and abroad.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Eat your wheaties!
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Good art - frustration accessing resources
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