Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Monday Link Round Up: June 26, 2017

by sarah - June 26th, 2017

News to start your week!


The Music Critics Association of North America has named composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek’s new opera, Breaking the Waves, the first winner of a new award for Best New Opera in North America.  Read more at Classical Voice North America.


Congratulations to Lidiya Yankovskaya who was just named the new Music Director for Chicago Opera Theater!  Yanokovskaya has extensive conducting experience – including being one of the inaugural participants of Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors.  Read on at the Chicago Tribune.


Congratulations are also owed to Dina Gilbert who was juts named the Music Director of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia.  Read more on the KSO website.


The Association of British Orchestras (ABO) Trust was able to establish a new fund, Sirens, thanks to a generous donation from Diana Ambache.  The funding was established to “raise awareness and appreciation of the music written by historical women from around the world.”  Learn more about the fund here and read the press release here about the first awards that were granted – with performances by Marie Antonia Walpurgis, Dame Ethel Smyth, Germaine Tailleferre, and Dorothy Howell to be anticipated in the coming year!



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Monday Link Round Up: March 20, 2017

by sarah - March 20th, 2017

News to start your week!


We were just made aware of Gramophone‘s contribution in honor of International Women’s Day.  They’ve compiled a list of historic female composers that are worth listening to and – perhaps most notably – have decent recordings available.  This highlights an important issue of the lack of representation of works by women composers not just in concert halls, but in recorded media as well.  Read on here.


Musicologist and conductor Laurie Stras writes about her discovery of 16th century motets in The Guardian.  Stras argues that these works, which are anonymously published, are the works of the youngest daughter of Lucrezia Borgia.  Read more about the discovery, and new recording, here.


The California Symphony has announced that Katherine Blach has won the position of Young American Composer in Residence.  Blach is currently pursing a DMA at Columbia.  Read more in the press release from the California Symphony website.


Alex Ross featured Missy Mazzoli string quartet Death Valley Junction on his blog – very much worth a visit and a listen!


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Monday Link Round Up: January 9, 2017

by sarah - January 9th, 2017

News to start your week!

ICYMI Listening to Ladies has partnered with Vent Nouveau for a Call for Scores for all composers who identify as women.  The deadline is approaching fast (January 15) – so don’t wait to submit!  Find out all of the submission information and requirements at the Listening to Ladies website.


Last week we mentioned the performance of Missy Mazzoli’s new opera, Breaking the Waves, at the Prototype Festival.  In response to the performance,  The New York Times spoke with soprano Kiera Duffy about her role as the female lead.


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Monday Link Round Up: January 2, 2016

by sarah - January 2nd, 2017

News to start your week – and the New Year!

Alex Ross discusses the Prototype Festival in The New Yorker, which will feature Missy Mazzoli’s opera Breaking the Waves, which was premiered by Opera Philadelphia in September.  Read on here.

Elizabeth Bell, composer and co-founder of New York Women Composers passed away on December 19 at the age of 88.  She was a champion for young composers and advocated for the work of women composers throughout her life.  Sequenza21 has a remembrance.
An up-and-coming composer is giving the opera world a lot to talk about!  Alma Deutscher’s retelling of Cinderella was premiered in Vienna and is receiving quite a lot of praise, and the extraordinary work of the 11 year old British girl is invoking comparisons to Mozart!  The Guardian has the full story.

NewMusicBox profiles the life and work of composer Shulamit Ran – including a great video of the composer speaking at the Ear Taxi festival in Chicago in October of 2016.  Read online here, and watch below!

Monday Link Roundup: September 26, 2016

by sarah - September 26th, 2016

News to start your week!

A new opera by Missy Mazzoli premiered in Philadelphia this past weekend.  The work, Breaking the Waves, is based on a film by the same name Lars von Trier film.  Mazzoli spoke to NPR’s morning edition this past weekend.  Read the conversation online, or listen below:

The Guardian has a review of a new album by composer, accordionist & improviser Pauline Oliveros.  The album, which is a collaboration with several Norwegian musicians, and released on the Atterklang label, received 4/5 stars.  Read the full review here.


Also from The Guardian is a look into their archives, and a review from May 1856 from a performance by Clara Schuamnn.  Unfortunate that it appears that she did not include any of her own works in the concert – but I don’t think the reviewer could have written higher praise of her performance!  Read the review in full here.

Anne Midgette of The Washington Posts shared a thoughtful piece about the new Museum of African American History and their mission to include ‘African American Music’ – and what that might look like.  An important part of the conversation about the importance of diversity, and inclusion, in classical music programming.  Read the piece here.


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