Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Announcing WPA Performance Grant Winners!

by sarah - December 6th, 2017

Congratulations to our latest round of Performance Grant winners!

Since establishing Performance Grants in 2012 each cycle has seen a larger number of applicants and a greater diversity of programming.  The strongest applications were for plans to perform works by more than one composer, included one historic and one contemporary composer, and exciting outreach.  We are so happy to help so many ensembles include diverse programming, and help make their concert halls a more inclusive representation of music history.

Winners from this grant cycle are from coast to coast, and their programming includes works from some of the most celebrated and often neglected women composers.  Over the coming seasons the winning ensembles will perform works by Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth, Anna Amalia, Louise Farrenc, Du Yun, Jennifer Higdon, Teressa Carreño, Elsa Barraine, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Rebecca Clarke, Gabriela Lena Frank, Peggy Stuart Coolidge, Florence Price, Clarice Assad, and many more!

Ensembles will be helping to educate and entice audiences through podcasts, YouTube videos, composer talks, and collaborations with other community groups.  WPA Performance Grants are helping ensembles not only expand their repertoire but to also begin conversations about these neglected composers, engage with new audience members, and reimagine what classical music repertoire and performance can look and sound like.

These grants are made possible in part through your support.  Please consider donating to our Generosity Campaign to help ensure that we can continue to offer this opportunity for professional, community, and student ensembles to expand their repertoire!

We are looking forward to so many excellent concerts in the coming seasons!


Albany Symphony Association, Inc.
American Composers Orchestra
American Youth Symphony
Bay Area Rainbow Symphony
Berkeley Symphony
Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Brandeis Wellesley Orchestra
Central Ohio Symphony
Chamber Orchestra of the Springs
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Community Women’s Orchestra
Concord Women’s Chorus
Denver Young Artists Orchestra
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Ensemble Tremblay
Experience Eureka!
Fresno Philharmonic
Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra
Inter School Orchestras of New York 
Las Vegas Philharmonic
Linda Luebke Strings Festival
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Nashville Symphony
North Corner Chamber Orchestra
Oakland Civic Orchestra
Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra of Indian Hill
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Orchestra of the League of Composers
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Phoenix Orchestra
Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Saratoga Orchestra
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra
Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra
Thalia Symphony Orchestra
Unitas Ensemble
Willamette Falls Symphony
Women Composers Festival of Hartford





Willamette Falls Plays Wittry

by sarah - June 2nd, 2017

This Sunday, June 4, the Willamette Falls Symphony in Oregon City, Oregon will perform Mist by Diane Wittry.  The ensemble, which is lead by Dr. Mark Perlman, is a nonprofit community orchestra, and we are delighted to support this performance with a WPA Performance Grant.

Wittry is primarily recognized internationally as conductor and clinician, guiding young composers in seminars across the country.  However, in recent years, Wittry has also devoted her time and attention to composition – the results of which have lead to international recognition.

Learn more about Mist on Wittry’s website – and for those of us who are unable to attend this weekend’s performance by the Willamette Falls Symphony, have a listen below to a performance by the Slovak State Philharmonic:

Congratulations to WPA Performance Grant Winners!

by sarah - April 12th, 2017

Since establishing our Performance Grants in 2012 we have been delighted with the ever growing enthusiasm and innovativeness of each application.  As we continue to reach out to new ensembles, the WPA Board of Directors agreed last year to begin offering the grants twice annually (Spring and Fall) to best suit the programming needs of not only traditional ensembles, but also Festivals and Summer Series.

Our first round of Spring Applications were just received, and we are delighted to award funding to ensembles from across the United States.  The best applications included works by more than one woman, included one historic and one contemporary work, and demonstrated robust outreach efforts, whether through digital means (educational videos, podcasts, etc.) or through community connections (patterning with other organizations, composer events in classrooms, etc.)

The winners include:

Bay Area Rainbow Symphony
San Francisco, CA

Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Boston, MA

Burlington Chamber Orchestra
Shelburne, VT

Cabrillo Festival Orchestra
Santa Cruz, CA

California Chamber Orchestra
Murrieta, CA

Chicago Composers Orchestra
Chicago, IL

DuPage Symphony Orchestra
Naperville, IL

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra
Winter Park, FL

National String Symphonia
Frederick, MD

New York Classical Players
New York, NY

Oakland Symphony
Oakland, CA

Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Seattle, WA

Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra
Seattle, WA

The Dream Unfinished
Brooklyn, NY

Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra
New York, NY

Congratulations to all of the winners!  We look forward to great concerts in the coming months, and more diverse and inclusive programs in future seasons!

Look for information about the Fall application cycle in September!  (And subscribe to our Newsletter to be sure you don’t miss the announcement!)  You can always reach out with any questions you have about programming ideas or accessibility of historic & contemporary publications at [email protected].

New Music this Weekend

by sarah - February 17th, 2017

More great music is happening this weekend, and we are thrilled to be able to support both the North/South Chamber Orchestra and the Willamette Falls Symphony with Performance Grants for their outstanding work!  On Sunday, February 19, both ensembles will hold concerts featuring new music

The North/South Chamber Orchestra is holding their Midwinter Fest concert in New York City, as part of the Composers Now Festival – which is a free even to the public.  The event will include Transfigurations by Lan-In Winnie Yang,  and Margarita Zelenaia‘s I Believe.  More information about the concert available here, as well as at BroadwayWorld.com – and have a listen to Zelenaia’s work below:


The Willamette Falls Symphony in Oregon City, Oregon will perform Margaret Brouwer‘s Pluto as part of a concert titled, “The Planets and Heavens”.  This great work was written in two versions, with option women’s chorus.  Read more about the origins of this work, Brouwer’s inspirations, and listen to recordings of both versions on Brouwer’s website.  Find out more information and purchase tickets for Sunday’s concert here.

Celebrating the Music of China with Intersection

by sarah - February 8th, 2017

 Intersection is a contemporary music ensemble founded by Kelly Corcoran, who conducts the ensemble.  Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the group strives to educate and challenge audiences as to what a classical music experience can be.  It is especially notable that this contemporary musical ensemble specifically strives to engage with young audiences, introducing contemporary music in a way that is engaging, accessible, and will help build an audience for generations to come!

We are thrilled to have awarded Intersection with a Performance Grant for their coming concert, titled Dragon Harmony.  The program, which will be heard February 11 and 12, will feature works by several contemporary Chinese and Chinese American composers, including a new commission by Wu Fei titled If I was a Batman Queen.

Also included is Chen Yi’s Wu Yu – which you hear a piece of below:


As we highlight the importance of diversity throughout the arts, and all that we do, this is a fantastic event that exemplifies these ideals.  Both Wu Fei and Chen Yi will be present to interact with musicians and audience members at the concert, and educational outreach efforts include opportunities for students who perform on traditional Chinese instruments.  Find out more information, and purchase tickets, here.