Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Monday Link Round Up: October 16, 2017

by sarah - October 16th, 2017

News to start your week:

We are excited to hear about a new series from University of Michigan Press focusing on music and social justice.  Read about the new series, and the wonderfully diverse advisory board, at Musicology Now or at the University of Michigan Press.


New Music Box speaks with composer Stefania de Kenessey and the 20 year anniversary of the Derriere Guard movement.  Don’t miss the great, thoughtful, and insightful conversation here.


The newest podcast from Listening to Ladies is now available to stream and download!  Don’t miss the conversation with composer and improviser Lauren Sarah Hayes.


Congratulations to the latest round of MacArthur Fellows (“Genius” Grant winners) – including composer, performer, and conductor Tyshawn Sorey.  Read more about his work and influences at NPR Music.


What are you reading or listening to?  Let us know!

Monday Link Round Up: October 9, 2017

by sarah - October 9th, 2017

News to start your week!


Cuban composer Tania León is writing an opera about the Little Rock Nine – the first African American students to integrate Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas in 1957.  NBC News included a story on the coming opera September 25, before the work was presented in previews.  The New York Times follows up after the first performance, which included  several members of the original 9 in the audience.


The Library of Congress Performance Arts blog, In The Muse, explores the research trail that retired cataloger Sharon McKinely followed from a piece of sheet music by May Vincenza.  It’s quick but insightful look at the impact of immigrants, as composers and publishers, in American music history.


Help support the Women Composers Festival of Hartford through their Generosity.com campaign!  There is some excellent swag as a thank you gift to those who contribute!


Listening to Ladies is now selling shirts to help start conversations, and dispel myths, about who writes and conducts music.  All proceeds benefit the Compass New Music Series, which focuses on presenting music by women, nonbinary, and genderqueer composers.



What did we miss?  What are you reading?

Monday Link Round Up: October 2, 2017

by sarah - October 2nd, 2017

News to start your week!

It was great to see an article in the Huffington Post about Orchestra Moderne – a new ensemble based in NYC led by conductor Amy Andersson.  The ensemble is committed to performing a diverse range of works, especially focusing on works by women and people of color.  Their inaugural concert, on October 7, will include Overture to Light by Lolita Ritmanis.

NJ.com looks at the coming season for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, which is now being led by Xian Zhang.  It is her second year in the position, and it looks like more great, and acclaimed, concerts are to come.  Such a shame that the article is so poorly titled, labeling her the “first female conductor” but not addressing the gender issue otherwise.  The orchestra will include Chen Yi’s Ge Xu in the Jan. 11-14, 2018 concerts, part of the “AMERICA, INSPIRING” Winter Festival.

A performance of Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata — orchestrated — was praised: violist Molly Sharp “played warmly and lyrically, ably negotiating Clarke’s tricky alternations between English-pastoral and impressionist-modernist styles.”  This performance of the orchestrated work was by the Richmond Symphony on Oct. 1, and was the premiere in the state of Virginia. Learn more about this version of the work here.

Don’t miss the latest podcast by Listening to Ladies!  This month Elizabeth Blair has a conversation with Marga Richter.  Stream it below, (or subscribe on iTunes!)  but be sure to visit the website for more links to Richter’s works!


The Women Composers Festival of Hartford is fundraising for the 2018 event!  See below the reasons why you should consider donating – and why wouldn’t you with so many great thank you gifts?!


What did we miss?  What are you reading?  Leave a link or comment and let us know!

Monday Link Round Up: September 25, 2017

by sarah - September 25th, 2017

News to start your week!

The WQXR blog talks with JoAnn Falletta, conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony, about why it seems that professional orchestras actually play behind the conducted beat.  Read more here.

In more conducting news, NPR’s Scott Simon sat in on a conducting class at The Peabody Institute taught by Marin Alsop.  Read here, or listen below, about his experience, and the great conversation he had with Alsop.  It’s worth following the link for a great video of Simon taking a turn with the baton!

A scientist in the UK is turning the sounds of heartbeats – more specifically, of arrhythmias – into music to use as a diagnostic tool.  Elaine Chew is a professor of Digital Media at Queen Mary University in London.  Read more about her work here.

And don’t miss our own blog with Tim Diovanni’s report on the conference, American Women-Composer-Pianists!

What did we miss?  What are you reading?  Let us know!

Monday Link Round Up: September 18, 2017

by sarah - September 18th, 2017

News to start your week!

This past weekend academics, performers, and music enthusiasts gathered at the University of New Hampshire to remember the lives and work of Amy Beach and Teresa Carreño.  The Eagle Tribune wrote about the conference, and specifically wrote about Beach’s life and music.

Great to read about WPA Grant Winner Chicago Sinfonietta in the Chicago Sun Times!  Conductor Mei-Ann Chen!  They kick off their 30th anniversary season TONIGHT with a program full of works by women composers.

The Washington Post gives readers an inside look into the work of a music librarian, interviewing Elizabeth Schnobrick, head music librarian for the National Symphony Orchestra.  The expense of performing new repertoire as described in the article is exactly why we created the WPA Performance Grants.  Help spread the word about the opportunity for ensembles to win funding to perform works by women composers!

Learn about the Foundry Music Company in New Haven, Connecticut at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford blog.  The music shop has been a fixture in the arts community since 1975.  Current owner Marcia Killian is also a WCFH Board Member and writes about her commitment to advocating for the works of women composers through the shop.

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