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Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 in order to:


  • Recognize the achievement of The Women’s Philharmonic (1980-2004) over their 24 years of activity.
  • Build on this work by advocating for the performance of women composers by orchestras and ensembles.
  • Address the place of women composers (historic and contemporary) in today’s repertoire of orchestras and ensembles in the US and internationally.
  • Present information that highlights the shortage of programming of works by women; the heritage of TWP emphasizes that this should and can be corrected.


Board of Directors:

Liane Curtis – President
Resident Scholar, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University
President, The Rebecca Clarke Society, Inc.     Ph.D. in Musicology
Chen Yi
Composer, Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.
Nan H. Washburn
Co-founder and Artistic Director of The Women’s Philharmonic
Music Director and Conductor of the Michigan Philharmonic
Judith Rosen
Music activist, Author of Grazyna Bacewicz: Her Life and Works. Past Board Member of The Women’s Philharmonic
Joan Capra
Violinist, musician with The Women’s Philharmonic
Researcher of historic women composers, provided material for TWP’s Baroquen Treasures recording
Beverly McChesney
Bassoonist, performed with The Women’s Philharmonic; her quintet Bellavente Winds has released two CDs
Beth Denisch
Composer and Music Faculty, The Berklee College of Music

Director of Communications:

Susan M. Brown

Director of Research and Blogger-in-Chief:

Sarah E. Baer, M.A. in Musicology and Women’s and Gender Studies

Advisory Committee:

Robyn Bramhall
Past President, The Women’s Philharmonic
Senior Professional in Human Resources
Kile Smith
Composer, and Past Curator of the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music in the Free Library of Philadelphia
Mary Buckley
Retired Social Worker, music-lover and researcher on Women’s History
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