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: December 3, 2018

News and music to start your week! I can think of no better way to start a new week than with a new episode of Listening to Ladies!  In this latest episode Elizabeth Blair discusses composition with Reena Esmail.  Listen below - but find even more links and videos...

Monday Link Round Up: November 26, 2018

News and music to start your week! Funny thing - as more women musicians are being asked to listicle their favorite pieces, more works by women are being noted and gaining some much deserved attention.  Take, for example, the recent article in The Guardian by...

Monday Link Round Up: November 19, 2018

News and music to start your week! The Guardian has a profile of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor presented in an editorial by Lenny Henry.  The profile highlights a program called Our Classical Century, which can be heard online. Composer Reena Esmail was interviewed by the...

Featured Guest Blogger: Could an Academic Conference pass the Bechdel Test?

We welcome Dr. Penny Brandt to Feminist in the Concert Hall!  She is a musicologist who recently completed a Ph.D. Dissertation on composer Elsa Olivieri Sangiacomo Respighi, and who is known for her leadership role with the Hartford Festival of Women Composers.   ...

Monday Link Round Up: November 12, 2018

News and music to start your week! NewMusicBox takes on the importance of hearing, well, new music.  It also gives readers ways to advocate for hearing works by living composers!  (We can also add, that some of these tips, like writing the orchestra administration to...

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