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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 38 applications from states spanning Florida to Washington! Our judges are now busy evaluating them, and we hope to have the results available by early January!


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 2012 Performance Grants awarded $18,000 to more than 20 orchestras

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Handel and Haydn Society Celebrates 200 Years

The Handel and Haydn Society – the oldest continually performing arts organization in the U.S. – is celebrating their bicentennial this year.  Founded in Boston in 1815, the chorus has made important U.S. premieres of works by the “great masters”, as well as works by American women composers.  The Handel and Haydn Society premiered Amy Beach’s […]

Smithsonian Sheet Music For Sale

The Smithsonian Institution has partnered with Sheet Music Plus to offer digitized works from the archives.  They chose 400 titles from the Sam DeVincent Collection of illustrated sheet music.  The sale […]

Congrats to Rei Hotoda

Rei Hotoda was just named the first woman Associate Conductor to the Utah Symphony Orchestra.  Read the press release here. In the past Hotoda has collaborated with Canadian composer Nicole Lizée, […]

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