Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Monday Link Round Up: January 15, 2018

by sarah - January 15th, 2018

News to start your week!

Celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by reflecting on the progress that has been made by trailblazers – like Nkeiru Okoye’s opera Harriet Tubman.  (Thea Musgrave also turned to the life of Harriet Tubman for an opera: Harriet, the Woman Called Moses.)  We can also look to the future, and the work being done by ensembles like The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra.


BachTrack – which lists classical music concerts and festivals worldwide – had completed their 2017 wrap up.  Their analysis of repertoire shares good insights – what works are performed in which countries (as to nationality and period), as well as statistics to gender.  Though women have yet to crack into the top 100 most performed composers (no surprise there), the number of women in the top 100 most active conductors has risen from 1 in 2013 to five in 2017.  Read more here.


The BBC Radio 3 will continue their tradition of honoring women composers on International Women’s Day (March 8) – and they are interested in including live performances this year!  Read more here about how to have an opportunity to perform works by women composers on the air!


Learn more about the Canadian Women Composers Project, and their upcoming concert January 21, from founder Clarisse Tonigussi at the Vancouver Courier.  Read more about the CWC Project, and their year long mission to bring performance of works by Canadian women to every province, on their website.


Monday Link Round Up: January 8, 2018

by sarah - January 8th, 2018

News to start your week!


Listening to Ladies is beginning the new year with another episode – this time talking to Elizabeth Baker.  Learn more on the website, and listen below.


NPR’s All Things Considered host Robert Siegel retired last week after 30 years on the radio.  NPR has been celebrating his career for the past several weeks in anticipation of his departure – including compiling 10 interviews that demonstrated his love of classical music.  Included is an interview with conductor JoAnn Falletta.  Read and listen more here.


Alex Ross of The New Yorker has an inspiring story of members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other professional musicians working with the homeless population to create music in skid row.  Read more here.


And trombonist and music advocate Doug Rosenthal has his list of Four Things I’d Love to Not Hear in 2018 – with #4 being “Anything that Degrades Women.”  We couldn’t agree more.

Group Petitions for more Diversity in Boston Symphony Orchestra Programming

by Liane Curtis - December 21st, 2017

A group of 60 Boston-area musicians has petitioned the Boston Symphony Orchestra for increased diversity in the repertoire presented by the orchestra in their Symphony Hall programming.  Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy’s work is in mentioned in the article in the Boston Globe on the effort, and the BSO’s response.

Monday Link Round Up: December 18, 2017

by sarah - December 18th, 2017

News to start your week!

Aaron Gervais at NewMusicBox continues the discussion of inclusivity and diversity as it relates to classical music in a thoughtful piece about how to move forward meaningfully.  Lengthy – but important.  Read it here.

The #MeToo movement is bringing important light to topics that have been relegated to the shadows for too long – in all industries, including classical music.  Ellen McSweeney explores the role of sexual violence in the classical world, and how the power structures within the music community help create an environment that is beneficial to abusers.  Read more at slate.com.

Mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston continues the conversation at The Guardian calling for acknowledgement of the abuses of power, and for real and lasting changes for the industry as a whole.

In their end of year discussion, NewMusicBox included staff picks for albums – with great new works that deserve our ear!  Listen in here.



Monday Link Round Up: December 11, 2017

by sarah - December 11th, 2017

News to start your week!

The music of Amy Beach was performed at the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony!  The second movement of Beach’s Symphony was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Joana Carneiro.  Read more about it at the Boston Music Intelligencer.  The video of the ceremony is up on Youtube!  Here’s the link!

The end of year wrap ups are appearing in newsfeed now.  In the U.S. Anne Midgette remembers the top 10 classical music moments (including Du Yun winning the Pulitzer Prize).  Fiona Maddocks looks back on the best moments, including moments for women in music, in the UK.

As we quickly approach the end of the year, consider making a gift to Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy!  As a nonprofit we depend on donations from our generous supporters to continue to work to level the playing field!  Donate now and get a copy of our 2018 WPA Calendar to celebrate the works of women composers throughout the year!