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10:00 AM ceremony Commencement Speaker



Marin Alsop

Music Director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


Marin Alsop has proved that music really does have the power to change lives.   As a conductor, educator and leading advocate for the arts, Marin Alsop – with energy, insight and integrity – inspires musicians to give of their best for an astonishing diversity of audiences.

As Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Principal Conductor & Music Director of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra since 2012, and Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2019, Marin Alsop enjoys a global reputation in repertoire that spans four centuries.

Alsop has guest-conducted most of the world’s great orchestras including: Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles; the Royal Concertgebouw, La Scala Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  In September 2013, Alsop made history as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in London and was immediately re-invited for 2015.

Alsop is the recipient of numerous awards, including many for her extensive recordings. As a protege of Leonard Bernstein, she was awarded the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize and is the only conductor to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Alsop is also Director of Graduate Conducting at The Peabody Institute.