Abbie Conant and the Munich Phil

By William Osborne

In 1980 trombonist Abbie Conant auditioned and one the principal trombone position with the Munich Philharmonic. The audition was held behind a screen and, due to the vague gender identity of the name “Abbie”, the orchestra did not realize that they had offered the job to a woman. When they found out they immediately recinded the offer, triggering an almost twenty year legal battle. This is the story. Continue reading