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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?


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Composers You Should Know: Ruth Shaw Wylie

Saturday, June 24, is the 101st birthday of American composer and music educator Ruth Shaw Wylie (1916-1989).   Born in Ohio, Wylie grew up in Detroit and considered herself to be, “a fairly typical Midwestern composer”.  After earning her PhD in composition at Eastman School of Music she taught composition and music theory at the […]

Monday Link Round Up: June 19, 2017

News to start your week!   Opera5, a Canadian opera company which is based in Toronto, will be presenting two works by Ethel Smyth – Fête Galante and The Boatswain’s Mate – […]

Celebrating Pride in San Francisco

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and what better way to celebrate than with an excellent concert from an important community organization? The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, a non-profit organization in San […]

Composers You Should Know: Galina Ustvolskaya

Saturday, June 17, would have been the 98th birthday of Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006). Ustvolskaya studied at the Leningrad Conservatory and was a pupil of Shostakovich who was a […]

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