Music: Skirted Conductor

Women conductors are not a complete novelty to U. S. concertgoers. Fiery, mop-headed Ethel Leginska, conducting symphonies as early as 1926, was soon followed by Chicago's Ebba Sundstrom and Manhattan's Antonia Brico. But few of the big-league U. S. symphony orchestras have ever been led by a woman.

When, last week, middleaged, pince-nezed Nadia Boulanger stood up before the Boston Symphony Orchestra and raised a long, bony index finger, it was the first time in its 57-year history that the second oldest U. S. orchestra* had sounded off under feminine leadership.

It was not...