Following her conducting studies at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, with Biljana Radovanović and Bojan Sudjić, Olivera Sekulić-Barac (1979) pursued further training at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK), where she studied orchestral conducting with Prof. Johannes Schlaefli and successfully completed her Master (2005) and Master Specialised (2009) studies. Her professional development was also influenced by her cooperation with conductors such as Péter Eötvös, Ralf Weikert, Kirk Trevor, Norbert Baksa, Marc Kissóczy, Mariusz Smolij and Franco Trinca.
In 2008, Olivera triumphed at the Young Conductors’ Contest of the Berner Kammerorchester (BKO).As a guest conductor, she has appeared in the recent years with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz (Germany), RTS Symphony Orchestra (Serbia), Berner Kammerorchester (Switzerland), Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Berg Orchestra (Prague, Czech Republic), Teplice Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic), Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic), Winterthurer Symphoniker (Switzerland), Ensemble Boswil for New Music (Switzerland) and Ensemble Tzara (Switzerland).
She has been the artistic director and conductor of the Orchestergesellschaft Zürich (OGZ), Kammerorchester Schwerzenbach and the Junges Kammerorchester Ostschweiz.
Between 2008 and 2015, Olivera worked as an assistant in the Ensemble Boswil for New Music, where she was able to collaborate with renowned conductors and composers, including Beat Furrer, Tsung Yeh, Wojciech Michniewski, Zsolt Nagy, Pierre-Alain Monot, Viktor Tarnopolski, Vinko Globokar, Klaus Huber and Bettina Skrzypczak.
As a choral conductor, Olivera has been active since she was 16 years old. In Zurich in 2011, she founded the Heruvim choir, in an attempt to bring the Eastern European choral music closer to the Swiss audiences.
Ensembles under her leadership have given concerts in Italy, Germany, England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Serbia.