West Australian Symphony Orchestra has announced the three emerging talents who will take part in its Conducting Fellowship initiative in 2024, part of the WASO’s Young & Emerging Artist program.

Sara Duhig, Daniel Corvaia and Leanne Puttick. Photos supplied

Under the guidance of Associate Conductor Jen Winley and the WASO Artistic Planning team, Daniel Corvaia, Sara Duhig and Leanne Puttick will have the opportunity to attend and assist in WASO’s rehearsals across the year, including Masters, MACA Classics, Family, Education and Special Event series concerts. With access and insight into the wider WASO team, including orchestral management, education and community engagement, the program offers the conductors a broad range of experiences for artistic and professional growth.

“WASO offers some of the best conductor development in the country and having the opportunity to work directly with the musicians of WASO is priceless. I’m really looking forward to working with these very talented local musicians and supporting them in their development throughout 2024,” said Winley.

Daniel Corvaia is a graduate of the UWA Conservatorium of Music. Mentored by WASO’s Assistant Concertmaster Semra Lee, he holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance (UWA) and has performed with the WA Youth Orchestra, UWA Symphony Orchestra, Cygnus Arioso, and the Australian Youth Orchestra.

While completing conducting training at UWA he served as Assistant Conductor of the Hills Symphony Orchestra and also travelled to Italy to further his studies, attending the Italian Opera Workshop and studied orchestral conducting under the guidance of Maestro György Györiványi Ráth and the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina.

Sara Duhig‘s early career included performances with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and a variety of chamber ensembles as a violinist. She transitioned into conducting as the String Specialist at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School which included directing the premier orchestra combined with Hale School.

Duhig has recently expanded her conducting portfolio with community orchestras in Perth and in 2024 will collaborate with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and South Side Symphony Orchestra. A founding member of the Perth Symphony Orchestra, she made her conducting debut there in 2022 and has since has taken the podium for multiple performances.

Leanne Puttick completed a Master of Music in Conducting at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and has led various ensembles, including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Co-Opera, Adelaide Youth Orchestra, West Australian Youth Orchestra, West Australian Opera, and West Australian Young Voices.

Named Young Artist Conductor with the West Australian Opera in 2019, she debuted as Conductor for the 2020 production of The Nightingale. Her journey includes participation in international competitions and serving as a conducting fellow with The Australian Youth Orchestra, Perth Symphony Orchestra and the University of Western Australia Choral Society. Leanne also served as WASO’s orchestra librarian from 2018-2021.

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