Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Monday Link Round Up: August 6, 2018

by sarah - August 6th, 2018

News to start your week!

What better way to tackle the new week than a fantastic conversation?  Elizabeth Blair speaks with Emily Doolittle in the most recent episode of Listening to Ladies.  Learn more at the website, with lots of links and music, stream the episode through your favorite podcast app, or in the player below!

Calls for Participation are open for the 2019 Women Composers Festival of Hartford!  There are seeking compositions for the Ensemble-In-Residence, composers & performers for the annual Music Marathon, and presenters & performers for the Women Composers Forum.  Learn more at their website – and spread the word!

In a delightful change of programming, and response to national outcry at their predictable and stogy programming, The Philadelphia Orchestra has altered their plans for the 2018-2019 season to include works by two women composers.  They will perform the US Premiere of Perspectives by Stacey Brown in November, and Masquerade by Anna Clyne in June.  Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer.  The story was also covered by NPR.

Podcaster (and pianist) Kai Talim let us know about his far-ranging conversation with conductor Mei-Ann Chen in a recent episode of Skip the Repeat.  We interviewed in Maestro Chen in 2013 when she was busy leading performances of music by Florence PriceMei-Ann Chen continues to build her conducting career with Asian and European engagements, as well as continuing as Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta. But, as she discusses with Kai Talim, her big professional breakthrough was her appointment as Musical Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic.


And, from the blogosphere, we ran across Heather Roche’s report on the Royal Philharmonic Society’s conducting workshop for professional women musicians new to conducting.  Roche was pleased to be invited to apply, but taken aback that the workshop included no repertoire by female composers.  Her response was this post of five suggestions of pre-1950 works by women.  We applaud her ideas heartily, but also want to emphasize that all conducting classes — not just ones for women — should include music by women.  OK! Now we’d better get busy sending that message to directors of conducting classes!
We would love to know what you think!  Email at [email protected]

Monday Link Round Up: June 18, 2018

by sarah - June 18th, 2018

News and Music to start your week!

A great new episode of Listening To Ladies is ready to educate, enlighten, and entertain!  The conversation with with Sakari Dixon Vanderveer.  Check out the website for more information, music, and links – and stream the episode below:

The Guardian looks at a recent report that 95% of concerts performed by classical music organizations around the world completely ignore the work of women.  Mark Brown, Arts Correspondent, talks to composer Emily Hall, and Gabriella Di Laccio, the founder of the new organization Donne: Women and Music, about their work and the changes that they advocate.

  provides an insightful article in the Frankfurter Allgemeinen that looks at the larger issues surrounding the sexism that continues to pervade the musical scene — it is all part of the larger, pervasive patriarchy. — “CULT OF MALE GENIUS: Classical is so sexist.”  Here is a PDF of the article.

It seems that a long standing – and ridiculous – policy at the New York Philharmonic requiring women to wear skirts in performance may be coming to an end.  The New York Philharmonic is the only ensemble among America’s 20 largest orchestras to have such a policy — what a surprising thing to have such an archaic dress code in organization that represents an innovative and sophisticated city.  The New York Times has the story.

Alex Ross shares on his blog, The Rest is Noise, a video of composer Galina Ustvolskaya sitting in a rehearsal.  The link is to a video about the world premiere of the Ustvolskaya’s Symphony № 2 (1979).  Ustvolskaya was at one point a student of Shostakovitch but her own musical idiom evolved into something powerful and unique, uncompromisingly modern and astringent, and — in a positive way, never pleasant.

Next week in Boston, OperaHub presents DIVASa hilarious and poignant showcase of larger-than-life women whose voices reverberate across the centuries.  Inspired by divas’ extraordinary contributions to music, fashion, and the political and economic progress of women, DIVAS asks: what is the power of opera? Can women harness it to new ends?  DIVAS is a new play by Laura Neill, with music from operas from “Purcell to Pucinni,” but we hear that some Florence Price is included, too! The play runs June 21 – 30.  

We’d love to hear about what’s happening with you and the world of women in music! Drop us a line at [email protected]


Monday Link Round Up: June 4, 2018

by sarah - June 4th, 2018

News and music to start your week!

Learn about composer, pianist, arranger, producer Bobbie-Jane Gardner in the latest episode of the Listening to Ladies Podcast!

Song of the Lark shares the history of nineteenth century musicologist and black activist Maud Cuney-Hare.  A fascinating read of an all-but-forgotten woman and her amazing achievements.

There’s a new production taking place in Boston which highlights famous women throughout opera history, and explores how opera can be harnessed to empower women.  Read more about the play, written by Laura Neill, and the music, performed by OperaHub, at The Boston Musical Intelligencer.




Monday Link Round Up: April 30, 2018

by sarah - April 30th, 2018

News to start your week!

A survey of 600 musicians in the UK reveals “a culture of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination in orchestras, bands and music education”.  The Guardian has the story.

Listening to Ladies has a new podcast up – this time interviewing Andrea Reinkemeyer.  Go to the website for more information, and lots of links to music, and listen to the conversation below:

NewMusicBox has a beautiful remembrance for composer Judith Sainte Croix who passed away in January.  Read it here.

Dr. Jung-Min Lee shares insights on Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto at Musicology Now, the blog of the American Musicological Society.

The Allied Arts Foundation just announced a new opportunity for women composers:

The grant, titled Listen UP! Music by Women will distribute at least $15,000 in award grants to women composers and songwriters living in Washington State. Nearly all musical genres are eligible in this cross-genre competition, including contemporary classical, electroacoustic, blues, R&B, jazz, world music, multimedia, sound installations, and more.

Find out more at Second Inversion.

Monday Link Round Up: March 26, 2018

by sarah - March 26th, 2018

News to start your week!

OPERA America has announced recipients for their Grants for Female Composers initiative for 2018.  Eight women composers have received funds to support operas currently in development.  Read more about the winners, and the forthcoming works, here.

And speaking of opera, Tim Diovanni reports on a session about three operas by women, which took place at the recent conference of the Society for American Music.

The British Music Collection has a conversation with composer Zeynep Bulut as part of their #afemalecomposeraday campaign.  Bulut is an academic researcher as well as creator, focusing in experimental music, voice, and sound studies.  Learn more about her work and experiences as a woman in the field of music here.

Listening to Ladies has a new podcast ready for listening – a conversation with Australian composer Nicole Murphy.  Learn more at the LtL website and listen below:

Have you been following Music Theory Examples by Women on Twitter?  If not, be sure to jump over and take part in their March Madness for Women Composers!  They are also spearheading #5WomenComposers throughout the month of March.