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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:

Congratulations to Julia Wolfe

We are thrilled to hear that American composer Julia Wolfe is a 2016 recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant. She is only the third women composer to be awarded in the history of the prize.  (The first was Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, who won in 1989, and the second was […]

ROCO Performs Mendelssohn and Higdon

There are two chances this weekend to hear the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) of Houston, TX present exactly the kind of diverse program that audiences have been calling for. […]

Monday Link Round Up: September 19, 2016

News to start your week! Rising star conductor Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla is making her NYC debut today conducting the Juilliard Orchestra.  She is leading the ensemble with Berlioz, Beethoven, and Fires from Lithuanian […]

Activism through Music

We’ve all heard that Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast (William Congreve) but music also has the power to incite action and raise awareness of critical issues in our […]


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