Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Monday Link Round Up: July 30, 2018

by sarah - July 30th, 2018

News and music to start your week!

A fascinating article by composer Jenny Giering who compares her own experiences with visions she experienced with migraines and the visions described by Abbess Hildegard von Bingen as she received music and instruction.  It is featured in a series discussing disability in The New York Times.

Siobhán Cleary

Irish composer Siobhán Cleary has brought to light the systematic and persistent discrimination that can be found in the music world.  The Irish Times just reported the Cleary has turned down a commission offered by two Irish Arts Council-funded organizations because she was offered 20% less than her male colleagues have been for the same commission.

Anne Midgette and Peggy McGlone co-authored an extensive piece for The Washington Post about the culture of sexual harassment and abuse in the classical music community.  The article details many specific incidents, and how the #MeToo movement can impact changes moving forward.

I Care if You Listen spoke to Gabriella Smith about her music, where she finds inspiration, and the challenges with working with vastly different forms and ensembles.

Finally, we wanted to share Inge Klopfer‘s “So sexistisch ist die Klassik  — Classical Music is So Sexist” which appeared on June 13, 2018 in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.  So here’s our translation of it!

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Monday Link Round Up: February 19, 2018

by sarah - February 19th, 2018

News to start your week!

As more and more ensembles are releasing their 2018-2019 season programming it’s been great to read the responses, and calls for change, coming from social media from patrons, academics, and professionals.  Don’t miss reading Anne Midgette’s “The Trouble with Opera” in The Washington Post.  We would buy season tickets for her hypothetical opera season in a heartbeat!


Read another piece about how “Classical Music’s White Male Supremacy is Pervasive, Overt, and a Problem” by Daniel Johanson.  He highlights the total lack of self-awareness of institutions, including the Chicago Lyric Opera calling it’s season of Puccini, Handel, and Mozart “Diverse”.  An important piece!


The first winners of a women and non binary composition competition, aptly named the Hildegard Competition, were just announced!  The competition was run by National Sawdust, a performance space in Brooklyn.  The New York Times has the story, and the list of winners.



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: 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.

Monday Link Round Up: November 6, 2017

by sarah - November 6th, 2017

Lots of news to start your week!

Anne Midgette has an important piece in The Washington Post about the difficulties women composers continue to face in having their works heard, and new commissions awarded.  (There is funding out there, major orchestras just aren’t interested in using it.)  Read online here.


Ryan Ebright of The New York Times reviews a current production of an opera based on the life of suffragette Susan B. Anthony.  First premiered in 1947, music was written by Virgil Thompson with libretto by Gertrude Stein.  The Mother of Us All is distinctly different from so many beloved operas where the female characters are (quite famously) undone.  Learn more about this rarely performed work – and listen in – here.


New principal guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Susanna Mälkki, is making a big impression to concert goers this season.  Music critic Mark Swed offers a profile, and his impressions, of the conductor in the Los Angeles Times.  


And more on the current state of women conductors is offered by Carolyn Watson in Limelight magazine.  Watson, an Australian conductor, will soon be joining the Dallas Opera’s Institute for Women Conductors.  Read her experiences and what she is looking forward to in the upcoming residency here.


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