Bond, Victoria (1950–)

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Bond, Victoria (1950–)

American conductor and composer. Born 1950 in Los Angeles, California; studied composition with Ingolf Dahl at University of Southern California; studied with Roger Sessions at Juilliard School and was the 1st woman to earn a doctorate degree in orchestral conducting, 1977.

As a composer, has written for every medium, including opera, orchestra, ballet and chamber music; conducted many orchestras, including Houston, Pittsburgh and Buffalo symphonies; recorded with Ray Charles, Billy Taylor and Marian McPartland; 1st opera Travels was performed by Opera Roanoke in Virginia; 2nd opera, Mrs. Satan, was performed by New York City Opera; also wrote the children's opera, Everyone is Good for Something; assisted Paul Glass in composing film scores for Universal and Metromedia studios; served as artistic director at Opera Roanoke (1989–95) and artistic adviser to The Wuhan Symphony in China.