by sarah - August 22nd, 2016
News to start your week!
The Fall 2016 edition of The Kapralova Society newsletter is now available to download! Articles include a conversation with conductor Odaline de la Martinez and an analysis and comparison of the work of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. Get this issue, and back issues, on The Kapralova Society website.
Bitch Magazine, which offers a feminist response to pop culture, has an interview with composer Courtney Bryan. The conversation was inspired by Bryan’s commissioned work for The Dream Unfinished in support of #BlackLivesMatter. Read more here.
Jazz pianist and composer Connie Crothers has died. The New York Times remembers her work, legacy, and influence.
In an exciting (and long overdue) step towards equality, Jazz at Lincoln Center has agreed to adopt blind auditions for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Read more here.
What did we miss? What are you reading? Leave a link in a comment and let us know!
by sarah - August 18th, 2016
We are thrilled to once again offer funding through Performance Grants – supporting performances of works by women composers by American orchestras.
The goal of these grants, first established in 2012, has been to encourage future performances of works by historic and contemporary women composers. Any American orchestra – community, professional, or youth – is welcome to apply.
This year we are also excited to be offering two application periods. The first will be in Fall 2016 (with applications due October 14) for performances taking place in 2017 and/or 2018. The second will be in Spring 2017 for performances taking place June 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2019. We encourage long term planning for exciting and innovative concert programming.
Since the Performance Grants were first established we have helped fund exciting performances across the country:
Though there are differences than similarities in the range of orchestras we have helped support (from just-established community orchestras to professional ensembles, from Miami to Portland, and performing a range of historic and contemporary works) each ensemble demonstrated a commitment to performing works by women, and helping to further educate their audiences and communities on the rich history that is too often omitted from concert programs.
There is $15,000 in available funding for the Fall 2016 cycle. Help us spread the word in your community, and encourage performances of more works by women composers on concert stages in your own neighborhood!
Find out more information, find repertoire suggestions, or begin an online application for the Fall 2016 cycle at www.wophil.org/grants.
by sarah - August 15th, 2016
News to start your week!
The WPA Performance Grant Application is now LIVE! Funding is available to U.S. Orchestras (community, youth, and professional) who are committed to performing works by women composers. Find out more, and begin your application, here.
A new month means another edition of the Into the Light Radio listening quiz! Take a shot at identifying this month’s piece and you could win a sampler CD of works by women composers! Have a listen here.
Sad news of the death of Ruth “Kay” Castaldo who was well known for her work directing opera. She led productions at Opera Company of Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón, and New York City Opera. The Philadelphia Inquirer has a remembrance.
Though not related to music per se, it seems only appropriate that as we cheer on the athletes at the Rio Olympics – and being reminded of the continued biases that women face – we are also reminded of a time when women were banned from participating. In Ancient Greece women athletes took matters into their own hands and established the Heraean Games. Read more at Atlas Obscura.
What did we miss? What are you reading? As always, leave a comment and let us know!
by sarah - August 8th, 2016
News to start your week:
Elizabeth Blair – herself a composer, activist, and writer – has a fantastic interview with composer Lisa Coons available to read now at VAN Magazine.
Frank Oteri at New Music Box has an interview with American composer Eleanor Cory. Read the full conversation online here, and watch the video below:
Last year we followed the story of British student Jessy McCabe as she fought for the inclusion of works by women composers in her A-level music curriculum. We were inspired by her story, and her success – and now we are excited by the new additions for the 2016-2017 school year! Read more at On An Overgrown Path.
Marin Alsop is ending her tenure at Cabrillo. Her advocacy and promotion of contemporary music can not be underestimated. She had a conversation with Scott Simon on NPR’s Weekend Edition about her career and the premiere of a new work by John Adams. Read online or listen below:
As always – let us know what we missed! Leave a comment and link and let us know!
by sarah - August 3rd, 2016
A new month means a new edition of the WPA Calendar honoring historic composers! The August calendar is now live and ready to be downloaded and shared – get your copy here!