Atlanta symphony makes history after naming first woman as music director

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has a rich history that dates back to World War II. The organization is now making history after announcing their new music director.

The symphony’s new maestro, Nathalie Stutzmann, has been named music director. She is the first woman to serve in this post. Stutzmann is only the second woman to lead a major American orchestra.

Stutzmann, born in France, has been a conductor and opera singer over the course of a career that has spanned more than 40 years. She has been called a musician of great refinement and sophistication.

Oboist Elizabeth Koch Tiscione recognizes the importance of this moment.

“Atlanta seems to be a place where ‘firsts’ happen a lot, a place that leads the country for civil rights and diversity. We are proud to be a part of that,” said Tiscione.

Stutzmann being a pioneer will hopefully blaze a trail for many to follow after her.

“The little girls of Atlanta will see her in that role, in a position of power. It’ll be meaningful to them and the norm for them. I’m excited about that. But I think Nathalie prefers this moment to be about the collaboration and music making, and not about her gender,” said Tiscione.