American conductor Tamara Dworetz is driven by her belief in the power of classical music to inspire, spread joy and create community. Her compelling, imaginative performances transport audiences so that "reality still(s)." [Seattle Times]

Dworetz's 2024-25 season plans include debuts with the Atlanta Ballet (The Rite of Spring) and Sarasota Orchestra and a world premiere violin concerto by composer Michael Kurth in her second year as Artistic Director & Conductor of the Georgia Philharmonic. She was recently appointed Associate Conductor of Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestras, NYO-USA & NYO2 and will work on a team with James Ross and Carlos Ágreda to prepare NYO-USA and NYO2. She will travel on NYO-USA's South American Tour with Marin Alsop and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.  Dworetz recently conducted her first staged opera, Bizet's Carmen and debuted with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra featuring pianist, Conrad Tao.

In 2022, Dworetz was selected as 1 of 14 candidates from a worldwide pool in the 2022 La Maestra Conducting Competition and Academy for Women Conductors in Paris, France. She was the only US-born conductor selected for the competition, and earned a spot as one of 6 semi-finalists. 'Maestra', a documentary directed by Maggie Contreras with Executive Producer David Letterman, features 5 conductors from the competition, including Tamara, and was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and highlighted on the NY Times, LA Times, CBS National News as well as international film festivals.

Additionally, Dworetz has conducted the Paris Mozart Orchestra,  Boston Pops, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony, and Mankato Symphony.  She has served as an assistant conductor for the Orchestre de Paris (Klaus Mäkelä),  Gürzenich Orchestre Cologne (François-Xavier Roth), BBC Concert Orchestra (Bramwell Tovey) and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Nathalie Stutzmann) and won 2nd prize in the Boston Pops' Leonard Bernstein Conducting Competition. She has been a recipient of the Bruno Walter Conducting Fellowship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music selected by Cristian Măcelaru.

A devoted music educator, Tamara’s musical beginnings took place in the Atlanta public school system. Tamara is passionate about leading K-12 and pre-professional musicians in enriching musical experiences, and is proud to be the new Director of Orchestral Studies at Georgia State University and Charles Thomas Wurm Distinguished Professor in Instrumental Music. She has served guest conducting residencies at University of Texas Butler School of Music, Boston University School of Music, SUNY Fredonia School of Music, and the Longy Conservatory Orchestra at Bard College. She has guest conducted All-State Orchestras in Texas, Colorado, Georgia and Washington (All-Northwest) and worked with the Atlanta, Austin, Emory and Boston Youth Orchestras.

Tamara and her husband, Stephen, live in Brookhaven, Georgia with their dog, and when she's not conducting, she enjoys going to the dog park, drinking her favorite craft & Belgian beers, and watching dark comedies.​

Updated 5.13.24

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