Victoria Bond leads a dual career as composer and conductor. Her compositions have been praised by The New York Times as "powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding," and her conducting has been called “impassioned” by The Wall Street Journal. Ms. Bond has been commissioned by The American Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Houston and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, Cleveland and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras, Women’s Philharmonic, Young Peoples’ Chorus, Manhattan Choral Ensemble, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Upcoming performances include the premiere of Bridges by the Michigan Philharmonic, the premiere of her violin concerto Soul of a Nation; the premiere of her setting of Psalm 84 at Temple Emanuel and St. John the Divine; and the workshop of her opera Clara. Ms. Bond’s Hanukkah opera Miracle! will premiere in 2015. She is the recipient of the Victor Herbert Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Walter Hinrichsen Award, and the Miriam Gideon Prize. Ms. Bond, who has served as Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony, has guest conducted throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and China. She has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and NBC’s Today Show and has been featured in People magazine and in The New York Times. The first woman awarded a doctorate in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School, Ms. Bond has served as music director of the New Amsterdam and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras, Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, Harrisburg Opera, and Bel Canto Opera, music adviser of the Wuhan Symphony in China, and is principal guest conductor of Chamber Opera Chicago. Ms. Bond produces Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in New York and is a frequent pre-concert lecturer for the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera’s HD simulcasts at Guild Hall.