10 years of celebrating the vast range of orchestral music by women, and encouraging orchestras to program it! All around us people are suddenly aware of ingrained sexist practices, and questioning their entrenched status. We work to reveal the centuries of music by women, much of it lost to history due to gender bias – and help provide information and resources to make that music available. 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?

Monday Link Round Up: September 17, 2018

News and music to start your week! The Pacific Standard spoke to WPA President Liane Curtis about the current state of women's work in symphonic spaces.  Read on here! It's Hildegard von Bingen's Feast Day! Celebrate by listening to some of her best known works! In...

Monday Link Round Up: September 10, 2018

News and music to start your week! The Philadelphia Orchestra made a stir in the Spring with their season announcement, and lack of diversity among composers.  They walked much of that back with the addition of two (rather small) works by women to the concert season,...

Monday Link Round Up: September 3, 2018

News to start your week! Have you seen our report on who is being heard in the 2018-2019 orchestral concert season?  Find all the news -- good and bad -- here. Listening to Ladies has a new podcast ready to stream and share!  In the latest episode she talks to...

Chen Yi and Zhou Long honored by SAM

Timothy Diovanni concludes his reporting on the Society for American Music conference by joining with Liane Curtis and offering insights on the on the Vivian Perlis Concert in Honor of Chen Yi and Zhou Long.   Zhou Long and Chen Yi are are Chinese-American composers...

2018-19 Season: By The Numbers

The end of summer marks the beginning of a new orchestral season. As in past years, it's time look at what the top American orchestras have planned for the coming year. I was especially wanted to see if the recent national and international conversations about women...

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