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ASBA (WA) Term 2 Meeting

Our Term 2 Meeting was held at the wonderful Matilda Bay Restaurant on Wednesday 21 June.

Our special guest speaker this year was Jessica Gethin, Chief Conductor of the Perth Symphony Orchestra (Western Australia) and Artistic Director of the Perth Chamber Orchestra.

speaker-image.jpg"Jessica shared her fascinating story with us, on how her career has developed and been mentored, and shared her views what contemporary leadership looks like.  Jessica took us on a Leadership Journey through the Eyes of a Conductor, how she works with a vast array of personalities to bring out their personal best and to make the team come together to produce a result that is greater than the sum of the parts. She also shared her experience with the many leadership types of Orchestra Conductors she has experienced from around the world - from the firm authoritarian and perfectionist, to the creative and uplifting motivators."

Listed by the Australian Financial Review as one of '100 Most Influential Women' in Australia for 2015, award winning Australian conductor Jessica Gethin has won praise from audiences and critics alike for her dynamic energy, outstanding musicianship and abounding presence on the podium. Jessica has performed on stages throughout Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Asia and Australia. In 2015, Jessica won the Brian Stacey Emerging Australian Conductor Award, was announced as one of six Inaugural Fellows selected internationally into the Institute of Women Conductors for five years with The Dallas Opera as well as being recipient of a 2016 Winston Churchill Fellowship for Performance Excellence in Classical Music where she will travel to complete in the US and UK this November. A passionate and energetic music educator, Jessica is in popular demand as conductor, concert presenter, writer, orchestrator and orchestral arranger for organisations across Australia and Asia. Jessica lectures in music at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and is regularly engaged as an adjudicator and key note speaker for organisations on the topics of arts and leadership.

Jessica was named AHG Ambassador for 2015 as well as receiving two Arts & Culture category nominations for West Australian of the Year Award. She has been selected to feature in the 2016 edition of 'Who's Who in Australia', a publication celebrating extraordinary Australian individuals who have excelled in their field, recognising her prolific contribution to the Australian music industry. She was recently honoured as a Finalist in the Women of Distinction Award for Career as an alumnae of St Mary's Anglican School for Girls.

For a taste of what a creative and energising leader can bring, Jessica shared this clip of Gustavo Dudamel conducting Mambo, and how a leader can bring enthusiasm and energy to the team.... an orchestral "movement" like you've never seen before!