Tuesday Programs: A Conductor's Life & Role

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11:00 am

Guest Speaker: Akiko Fujimoto

Minnesota Orchestra Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto will discuss her life in music and what conductors do on the podium to bring music and musicians together in performance. 

Akiko Fujimoto joined the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2017. This summer, she'll lead two Sommerfest programs: one exploring the music of the Americas from Gershwin to Piazzolla and the other celebrating joyful rhythms and sounds for a family audience. Before arriving in Minnesota, Fujimoto served as the associate conductor of the San Antonio Symphony for five seasons. 

Fujimoto has extensive experience working with young musicians, starting at Harvard University where she directed the Mozart Society Orchestra for five seasons, and at Stanford University where she served as the interim music director of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. In Virginia, she held the positions of director of orchestras at the College of William & Mary and music director of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras. 

Born in Japan, Fujimoto moved to the United States at age 14 and attended Stanford University, where she studied music and psychology. She holds master's degrees in conducting from Boston University and the Eastman School of Music. 


The Tuesday Program is a Club tradition to educate, inspire and entertain our Members and guests. Coffee and tea are served at 10:30 am in the Lounge, followed by a Guest Speaker in the Ballroom at 11:00 am and lunch in the Dining Room at 12:00 pm. The cost for lunch is $18.00 plus tax and service charge ($23.28, inclusive of tax and service). Reservations are not necessary.