Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

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!


Monday Link Round Up: December 4, 2017

by sarah - December 4th, 2017

News to start your week!

Our Generosity Campaign is underway!  Help us raise funding so that we can continue to make positive impact with our Performance Grants, helping more professional, community, and student ensembles expand their repertoire to include works by women composers!  (And grab some fun thank you gifts!)


Frank Oteri at NewMusicBox had a great, and extensive, conversation with Scottish composer Thea Musgrave!  Read the conversation online here, and watch below:


The 2018 Grammy Award Nominees have been announced – including two different nominations for Jennifer Higdon!  (Best Classical Compendium for the recording of All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto; Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her Viola Concerto).  The Viola Concerto was commissioned by the Library of Congress – read more about their relationship to the work, and how to watch a performance online, at the LOC blog, In the Muse.


Don’t forget to support the Compass New Music concert series by buying a T-shirt from Listening to Ladies!  Show the world what a composer, conductor, music theorist, or musicologist looks like!

Monday Link Round Up: November 27, 2017

by sarah - November 27th, 2017

News to start your week!


In case you missed it – conductor Mariss Jansons made news by saying that women conductors were “not [his] cup of tea“.   After some significant backlash he later apologized.


At the same time, the Dallas Opera’s Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors met again for their two week session.  Dallas News has a story about this year’s participants.


Don’t miss the Compass New Music Series call for scores!  From the website: “Composers of any age, nationality, or stage of their careers who identify as women, nonbinary, or genderfluid are invited to submit scores for a concert in Toledo, Ohio which will take place on February 18th, 2018.”  Scores are due December 19!


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

Monday Link Round Up: November 20, 2017

by sarah - November 20th, 2017

News to start your week!

There have been some particularly excellent pieces to come out of WQXR in!  Their list of Eight Classical Era Composers who aren’t named Mozart or Haydn includes Maria Teresea Agnesi Pinottini, Princess Anna Amalia, and Marianne Martines.

WQXR also included a list of works by Amy Beach in honor of her birthday in September – but the list continues to make the rounds. Read and listen in here.


Second Inversion, which invites readers to “rethink classical” has a new series about women in “new” music.  Read Reflections on Wilderness by Kaley Eaton and The Pure Cold Light in the Sky by Heather Bentley.


The Fall 2017 edition of The Kapralova Society Journal is now available to read online!  Don’t miss it here.



Monday Link Round Up: November 13, 2017

by sarah - November 13th, 2017

News to start your week!

Michael Tilson Thomas has announced that he will be retiring from the San Francisco Symphony.  The San Francisco Chronicle considers who should be given the post – and the importance of having a music director who values the works of women and people of color.


Perhaps the search committee in San Francisco will get some inspiration from this list of Female Conductors to Watch, put together by Anne Midgette of The Washington Post.


Composer Hilary Purrington writes about her process of composition and revision of her third large work for orchestra, Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky.  A fascinating and insightful read – with  at NewMusicBox.


The Los Angeles Philharmonic is putting together big and exciting plans for their centennial!  Read about the 50 planned commissions, as well as a collaboration with the California African American Museum to honor the work of William Grant Still.  Read more here.