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390. On the Job with Beverly Everett, Symphony Orchestra Conductor

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“Classical music may not be what you have playing in your car, but when you come and see all these musicians onstage, you can really connect to it. That’s the hardest challenge — making it accessible and telling people about it.”

 

Beverly Everett has always been musical. As a kid, she found a passion for playing the organ — and her love for live music never waned. Today, Beverly is living her dream as a conductor and music director for two symphony orchestras (the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra in North Dakota, and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota). She’s also a music teacher, an organist, a rescue dog lover, a cancer survivor, and a marathoner. On this episode, Beverly talks about what a music director does (“It’s not just standing up there and waving our arms around”), shares her thoughts on the lack of women in the industry, and talks about the confidence it takes to stand in front of both an orchestra and a live audience.

 

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