Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Announcing the 2016 Performance Grant Winners

by sarah - November 16th, 2016

header-copy-1We were thrilled by the number of applications we’ve received this year – and the diverse range of programming ideas!  It is always energizing to hear about the good work being done by ensembles across the country, and the amazing partnerships and collaborations that are being created to highlight not only the value of the arts, but the value of diversity in the arts.

After some tough decision making, the judges – made up of the WPA Board of Directors – awarded funding to 33 professional, community, and student ensembles from across the country.  Congratulations to all of the winners for their exciting programming and excellent applications!

Among the composers that we can anticipate hearing in the coming seasons are Amy Beach, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Florence Price, Ethel Smyth, Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Louise Farrenc, Lili Boulanger, Louise Talma, Clara Schumann, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, and Elfrida Andrée.

The strongest applications planned to perform works by more than one composer, included at least one work by a historic composer, and incorporated thoughtful outreach events to help further engage and educate the larger community.  Find the full list of winners below, and stay tuned to the blog and newsletter for more information about each concert as it approaches!


American Composers Orchestra

Bangor Symphony Orchestra

Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra

Bay Area Rainbow Symphony

Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs

Chicago Sinfonietta

Cincinnati Soundbox Orchestra

Community Women’s Orchestra

Denver Young Artists Orchestra

Eastern CT Symphony Orchestra

Ensemble Tremblay

Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra

Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra


Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra

National String Symphonia

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

North/South Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra of the League of Composers

Portland Youth Philharmonic

Prometheus Symphony Orchestra

Rogue Valley Symphony

Seattle Collaborative Orchestra

Stockton Symphony

Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Number One

Symphony Orchestra Augusta

Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra

Westminster Community Orchestra

Willamette Falls Symphony



WPA Performance Grant Applications now LIVE

by sarah - August 18th, 2016

header-copy-1We are thrilled to once again offer funding through Performance Grants – supporting performances of works by women composers by American orchestras.

The goal of these grants, first established in 2012, has been to encourage future performances of works by historic and contemporary women composers.  Any American orchestra – community, professional, or youth – is welcome to apply.

This year we are also excited to be offering two application periods.  The first will be in Fall 2016 (with applications due October 14) for performances taking place in 2017 and/or 2018.  The second will be in Spring 2017 for performances taking place June 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2019.  We encourage long term planning for exciting and innovative concert programming.

Since the Performance Grants were first established we have helped fund exciting performances across the country:

Though there are differences than similarities in the range of orchestras we have helped support (from just-established community orchestras to professional ensembles, from Miami to Portland, and performing a range of historic and contemporary works) each ensemble demonstrated a commitment to performing works by women, and helping to further educate their audiences and communities on the rich history that is too often omitted from concert programs.

There is $15,000 in available funding for the Fall 2016 cycle.  Help us spread the word in your community, and encourage performances of more works by women composers on concert stages in your own neighborhood!

Find out more information, find repertoire suggestions, or begin an online application for the Fall 2016 cycle at www.wophil.org/grants.

Monday Link Round Up: August 15, 2016

by sarah - August 15th, 2016

News to start your week!

The WPA Performance Grant Application is now LIVE!  Funding is available to U.S. Orchestras (community, youth, and professional) who are committed to performing works by women composers.  Find out more, and begin your application, here.


A new month means another edition of the Into the Light Radio listening quiz!  Take a shot at identifying this month’s piece and you could win a sampler CD of works by women composers!  Have a listen here.


Sad news of the death of Ruth “Kay” Castaldo who was well known for her work directing opera.  She led productions at Opera Company of Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón, and New York City Opera.  The Philadelphia Inquirer has a remembrance.


Though not related to music per se, it seems only appropriate that as we cheer on the athletes at the Rio Olympics – and being reminded of the continued biases that women face – we are also reminded of a time when women were banned from participating.  In Ancient Greece women athletes took matters into their own hands and established the Heraean Games.  Read more at Atlas Obscura.



What did we miss?  What are you reading?  As always, leave a comment and let us know!