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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?  Why are audiences not allowed to hear them?


The Latest From Our Blog:

Fanny Hensel at the Ballet

“Fanny for ballet!!” read the text message. I blinked and did a double-take at the accompanying photo. Indeed, selections of Fanny Hensel’s “Das Jahr” — The Year — a cycle of piano pieces composed in 1841, were the music for a new ballet, “Her Notes,” chorographed by Jessica Lang and being premiered by the American […]

Monday Link Round Up: October 17, 2016

News to start your week! The third episode of the Listening to Ladies podcast is live!  Listen here to a conversation with composer and sound artist Anna Höstman. The New […]

Call for Papers for Women Composers Festival of Hartford

The annual Women Composers Festival of Hartford is an event not to be missed, and we are excited to know that planning for the 2017 festival is already well underway. […]

Monday Link Round Up: October 10, 2016

News to start your week! Composer Patricia Morehead writes about her experiences as a young composer starting out in Chicago, and as a founder of CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.  Read about […]


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