Eve Rabin Queler
Dates: January 1, 1936 -
Known for: one of only a few women orchestra conductors
Born in New York City, she began piano lessons at five years old. She attended the New York City High School of Music and Art, the Mannes College of Music, and Hebrew Union School of Education and Sacred Music.
She married Stanley N. Queler in 1956. Like many women, she interrupted her education to put her husband through school, working at a variety of musical jobs while he attended law school.
After returning to Mannes College, she began to study conducting. She found her progress slow in gaining practical experience in this all-male field.
In 1967, she organized the Opera Orchestra of New York, in part to give herself experience in conducting at public performances, and to give opportunities to singers and instrumentalists. The orchestra began to establish itself, however, and she has served as conductor to critical exclaim, growing public interest and increasing ability to draw major performers.
She has also served as conductor or guest conductor for many orchestras, in the US and in Canada and in Europe.
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