JoAnn Falletta

Editor’s note: This is a continuation of our series on the NLAPW’s honorary members–all notable women in their fields.
The NLAPW celebrates the lives and works of creative women in Art, Music and Letters. Our nonprofit mission is to promote creative work of a professional standard. To find out how to join us, visit

by Devan Daly

JoAnn Falletta is a two-time Grammy award winning conductor and musician. Falletta began her musical career studying guitar at Mannes College in New York City. During her first year, Falletta began conducting the student orchestra. She eventually persuaded the school to allow her to switch from guitar to a focus in conducting, despite their hesitation at allowing a female student to do so. Upon graduating, Falletta went on to study at Julliard where she received both a Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting. She has been the director of the Virginia Symphony since 1991, director of the Buffalo Philharmonic since 1999, and is also the principle conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her work with the Buffalo Philharmonic has earned her five Grammy nominations and two wins. Falletta is highly dedicated to her town of Buffalo, NY and also regularly visits some of the top music schools in New York City. There she makes guest conducting appearances and works with some of the young, up and coming musicians. She is also extremely devoted to aiding in the growth of women in the musical world, for example leading seminars for female conductors and releasing albums of the works of female composers. To read more about Falletta’s achievements visit:


  1. Barb Whitmarsh says:

    Congrats & God Bless
    B. Whitmarsh
    St. Louis Branch NLAPW

  2. Mary Ellen Shaughnessy says:

    JoAnn Falletta is a treasure for Buffalo, NY. Her leadership and artistic direction have brought international recognition to the Orchestra and its musicians. Buffalo has a rich cultural heritage–a world class art museum of contemporary art (Albright-Know Art Gallery), world class arthitecture by Wright, Sullivan and Richardson, an extensive park system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, professional theater companies and an eclectic music scene. JoAnn Falletta’s enthusiasm for our community has raised our profile.

  3. Linda Larsen says:

    It is also worthwhile listening to Falletta on !!