Rabin Queler, Eve

American. Born January 1, 1936 in New York City. Conductor, pianist. First woman appointed conductor to a metropolitan orchestra and first woman to conduct at Lincoln Center’s Philharmonic Hall. Also the first woman to conduct on a commercially recorded opera. (Massenet’s Le Cid, 1976) Ms. Rabin grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home. A child prodigy, she received a scholarship by age 5. She attended New York City High School of Music and Art. Later she studied at CCNY and conducting at Mannes College of Music. She also studied at the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music. Started vocal coaching and rehearsal accompanist at New York City Opera in 1957-(8). Then, in graduate school, studied conducting with Carl Bamberger and later with Joseph Rosenstock at the Metropolitan Opera. Founded the New York Opear Workshop, later called the Opera Orchestra of New York, where she conducted concert versions of operas. Later, conducted many other opera orchestras and major symphony orchestras throughout the United States. According to Jane W. LePage, Eve Queler is “the best trained, most experienced and most promising woman conductor in America today.” (Women Composers, Conductors, and Musicians of the Twentieth Century, Vol. 1).