Conductor and Composer, Daniel Newman-Lessler, began an AWoL Mentorship with Music and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony, Nir Kabaretti, in the Fall of 2017. Maestro Kabaretti gave Daniel the opportunity to be his Assistant Conductor for the SB Symphony's season opening concert of Mozart's Jupiter Symphony and Requiem in October of 2017. In the video above, Daniel talks about the experience of unexpectedly being given the opportunity to conduct the SB Symphony in a rehearsal
AWoL Founder, Julie McLeod, introduced Daniel to Nir Kaberetti, as she has paired many Emerging Artists with their Mentors through the AWoL Mentorship Program. In her new semi-retired role she will be focusing on her keen knack as a matchmaker for their year-long program. From a lifetime of being a professional dancer, an active community member, working on all levels of nonprofit organizations, being a member of advisory boards, and owning a flourishing dance studio in Santa Barbara, Julie has gathered vast resources and an extensive network of artists and educators, locally and beyond. Now that she can focus her time and energy on the AWoL Mentorship Program it is bound to grow in leaps and bounds.
The AWoL Mentorship Program was created so that artists will stride into the future they have dreamed of with a clearer and broader sense of who they are and what and how they can accomplish their goals. Emerging Artists are chosen because they are extremely talented, have studied their art form, and are ready to turn their passion for art into a professional career. We turn down as many potential Emerging Artists as we accept. Artists must be over 16, though preferably finished with high school. There is no top age limit.
If you are a talented, trained artist, serious about creating a viable art career, or know of an artist ready for a free year-long mentorship, please contact us.