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Conductor KATE TAMARKIN is Music Director of the Monterey and East Texas Symphony Orchestras. She was Music Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra from 1991 to 1999 and Associate Conductor of the Dallas Symphony from 1989 to 1994. Her guest conducting credits include a command performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; engagements with the symphonies of Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, St. Louis, Pacific, Nashville, New Mexico, Quad Cities, Tucson, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Monterey, Billings and Fresno; and Chicago’s Grant Park Festival. As part of the American Conductor Program with Leonard Bernstein, Kate Tamarkin was chosen to conduct the Chicago Symphony in 1988. As a conducting fellow at Tanglewood that same year, she studied with Seiji Ozawa, Mr. Bernstein and Gustav Meier. She is also a 1987 winner of the Association of Professional Vocal Ensembles National Conducting Competition. Tamarkin was a conducting fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she conducted at the Hollywood Bowl, and at the Aspen Music Festival. Tamarkin holds degrees from Chapman College, Northwestern University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music.