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Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to “leveling the playing field” for women in classical music, especially composers. Recent decades have uncovered and produced many great works by women, but most of this music has yet to reach mainstream classical audiences.  It’s time to change that habit of exclusion and bring this wonderful music into the mainstream. We still sometimes hear the question “Why have there been no great women composers?” The Women’s Philharmonic (a professional orchestra from 1981-2004) proved that was the wrong question to ask—instead the question is Why are orchestras not performing more works by women, and why are audiences not allowed to hear them?


Update on our Performance Grants

We received applications from states spanning Florida to Washington! Check out the list of winners! We plan to offer the grants every.  Help support our work by making a tax deductible donation.


Are women composers still excluded from orchestral programming?

A look at U.S. data:




And: 2014-15 data gathered by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


 Our 2014 Performance Grants awarded $19,000 to more than 30 orchestras

The Latest From Our Blog:

WPA President as Orchestral Cellist

“I’d like to play in that,” was my immediate reaction on hearing about the program planned for June 6, 2015, by the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony in San Francisco.   I’d been communicating with BARS about how to obtain the score and parts for Ethel Smyth’s monumental Serenade of 1889.  Part of WPA’s work is to […]

Saariaho Premiere at Library of Congress

Kaija Saariaho has another new work being premiered this week.  The Library of Congress has co-commissioned Light and Matter, a new work for piano trio, which will be premiered Friday, May 22. […]

News Round Up

Here are some headlines worth paying attention to: Though the LA Philharmonic didn’t promote Saariaho’s world premiere, it received an excellent review in the LA Times: The performance was strong. Dudamel […]

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