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Famous Female Music Directors

Updated October 13, 2018 3.5k views 25 items

List of famous female music directors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female music directors list contains the most prominent and top females known for being music directors. There are thousand of females working as music directors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic music directors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a music director then the people below should give you inspiration.

Examples of people on this list include Sarah Ioannides and Usha Khanna.

While this isn't a list of all female music directors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female music directors?" and "Who are the best female music directors?"
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Music Directors
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Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. She is known for embracing various musical styles and reinventing her image throughout her career. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the US in 2005, when she signed with Def Jam Recordings to pursue a music career. Rihanna earned significant recognition following the release of her first two studio albums Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl like Me (2006), both of which were influenced by Caribbean music and peaked within the top ten of the US Billboard 200 chart. Rihanna's third studio album, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 31

Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados

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Patrice Rushen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Music Directors
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Patrice Louise Rushen (born September 30, 1954) is an American jazz pianist and R&B singer. She is also a composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and music director. Her 1982 single, "Forget Me Nots", received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Rushen had great success on the R&B and dance charts. "Haven't You Heard" went to number 7 on the R&B charts, with "Forget Me Nots" as her only top 40 pop hit in the United States. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 64

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Allee Willis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Music Directors
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Allee Willis (November 10, 1947 - December 24, 2019) is an American songwriter, artist, set designer, multimedia artist, writer, collector, and director. Willis has won two Grammy Awards from three nominations. During 2018 she was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 71

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Music Directors
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Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (born January 10, 1961) is an Italian and American classical violinist and teacher. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 58

Birthplace: Rome, Italy