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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:

Speaking Her Truth: A Discussion with Jessica Rudman and Kendra Preston Leonard

We are delighted to share this conversation between Jessica Rudman (JR) and Kendra Preston Leonard (KPL) as they discuss the upcoming Hartford Opera Theater and Hartford Independence Chamber Orchestra’s program “Speaking Her Truth,” which includes Rudman’s micro-opera Trigger, Rudman and Leonard’s song cycle Four Songs for Lady Macbeth, and their opera Marie Curie Learns to […]

Monday Link Round Up: April 16, 2018

News to start your week! Congratulations are due to Jennifer Higdon who was awarded the Michael Ludwig Hemmers Prize in Music Composition.  The prize is given to contemporary classical composers […]

Happy birthday, Imogen Holst!

Today, April 12 is the 111th birthday of the versatile musician Imogen Holst (1907-1984), and Wikipedia has honored her as today’s featured article.  She spent much of her life as […]

Monday Link Round Up: April 9, 2018

News to start your week! Don’t miss this great piece by Kendra Preston Leonard about the myths surrounding composer and pedagogue Nadia Boulanger!  Read on at Dr. Leonard’s website here. […]

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