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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Tuesday Link Round Up: May 29, 2018

by sarah - May 29th, 2018

News and music to start your week after a meaningful Memorial Day:

Happy 90th birthday to Thea Musgrave!  We did a round up of stories about the Scottish American composer’s life – but don’t miss the conversation Musgrave had with NPR.

Thrilled to hear that Roderick Cox has been named the 2018 recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, given to outstanding young U.S. conductors to guide their careers.  Cox is currently the associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.  Read more at the Star Tribune.

The 66th annual BMI Student Composers Awards have been announced!  The nine recipients (aged 18-26) were presented by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Chair of the Student Composers Awards.  The winners included Katherine Balch, Gabriella Smith, and Amy Thompson.  Learn more at NewMusicBox.

As the #MeToo movement continues to bring to light – and into conversation – the systemic problems of sexual abuse.  NPR’s Lulu Garcia-navarro spoke to Leah Hawkins and Alexis Romano (both opera singers) and Kim Witman (vice president of opera at Wolf Trap in Virginia) about their experiences.   Learn more at the website, and listen below:

Monday Link Round Up: March 5, 2018

by sarah - March 5th, 2018

News to start your week!

The Philadelphia Inquirer talks to conductor JoAnn Falletta about her career, and the new (and overdue) attention being given to women in music.  Read on here.

With the rise of the #MeToo movement more victims of abuse have found the voice and support to come forward.  John Treads of the Toronto Star discusses the long history of systemic abuse in the classical music community, and how we can all move forward from this cultural moment.

Exciting announcements across the music world with music festivals from around the world pledging to equally divide commissions among male and female composers.  Read more at NPR; and more about the BBC Proms lineup of seven new works by contemporary women at the London Evening Standard.

New Music Box has a great conversation with composer Barbara White, whose (largely) one woman opera, Weakness, was premiered six years ago.  White also teaches at Princeton University.  Read the excellent and lengthy conversation here, and listen in below: