Bridget Kinneary

Organization: Symphony Orchestra of the Mannes Conservatory for the music prep division in New York City
Title: Orchestra Director, Symphony Orchestra of the Mannes Conservatory, Prep Division
Program Graduation: BM, ALP Certificate 2015
Musical Studies: Viola
Musical Specialties: Education, Large Ensemble
Non-Musical Specialties: Leadership, Operations, Social Justice
Quote: “I benefitted from the internship and networking opportunities the IML offered. The values and skills taught through the IML and associated experiences have helped me to consistently take initiative toward my creative aspirations!”


Bridget Kinneary enjoys a career as an orchestral conductor, music director, educator, violist, and collaborative artist. Present engagements include the position of conductor for the Symphony Orchestra of the Mannes Conservatory for the music prep division in New York City and co-lecturer at the University of Potsdam, Germany, where she leads seminars on teaching methods for instrumental groups. A significant component of Bridget’s passion as a conductor is advocating for ensemble-based music education. After winning a Fulbright grant to Germany in 2016 to pursue research in music education, she held positions as music director and site coordinator for Mit Mach Musik e.V, an El-Sistema-inspired initiative in Berlin, Germany from 2016-2022, as well as that of music teacher, head of secondary school music, and orchestra director at Berlin Cosmopolitan School, from which she is currently taking a sabbatical to pursue advanced study. She is the recipient of the 2018 Jürgen Mulert award for mutual understanding for her dedicated work with youth ensembles in Berlin. Collecting global perspectives on music teaching and learning is important to Bridget. Consequently, she appeared as a guest conductor for the Harare Youth Orchestra in Zimbabwe, the National Youth Orchestra of Belize, El Sistema Sweden in Gothenburg, and the Köpenick Bläsorchester near Berlin. She participated in conducting masterclasses with Kristjan Järvi in Tartu, Estonia, and Sasha Mälakiä in Helsinki, Finland.