Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Monday Link Round Up: April 9, 2018

by sarah - April 9th, 2018

News to start your week!

Don’t miss this great piece by Kendra Preston Leonard about the myths surrounding composer and pedagogue Nadia Boulanger!  Read on at Dr. Leonard’s website here.

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel writes about diversity in the American Orchestra repertoire at NewMusicBox, and how to correct the systemic imbalances.  Read his piece, Lift Every Orchestral Voice, here.

CutCommon has an interview with composer Liza Lim, who just received the Don Banks Award to recognize her outstanding contribution to the Australian and international music communities.

NPR reviews a new video released by violinist Olivia De Prato featuring Missy Mazzoli’s composition, Vespers.  Read more here, and watch the video below:

Philip de Oliveira has a great editorial on the 100th season of the Cleveland orchestra in the Cleveland Scene.  The title sums it up pretty concisely, “After 100 years, the Cleveland Orchestra Continues to Ignore Women, Minorities, and Living Composers”, but don’t let that stop you from reading it in full.


Monday Link Round Up: January 22, 2018

by sarah - January 22nd, 2018

News to start your week!

There have been a number of articles lately about the canon and the so-called “Invisible Hand” that dictates what art is preserved and celebrated.  Read Harvard Musicologist Anne Shreffler’s thoughts here,  and also a response to Shreffler’s work by composer Jon Silpayamanant here.

The Washington Post profiles Missy Mazzoli, and explore her work as a “leading composer of her generation.”  Read on here.

Conductor Susanna Mälkki is profiled in the Los Angeles Times and specifically addresses the challenges that she has faced in her career due to her gender.  But, as principal guest conductor of the LA Philharmonic she continues to make progress for women in classical music.

The New York Times shares the story of the Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky and the great work being done in France to help address the problem of diversity and representation in classical music.

And congratulations to composer and conductor Tania León who was awarded a $50,000 fellowship from United States Artists!  Learn more here.

We’d love to hear about stories we’ve missed, and any ideas that you have!  [email protected]


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!


What did we miss?  What are you reading?  Leave a link and a comment and let us know!

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.


Our Generosity Campaign will be wrapping up in a week – so now is when we most need your support!  Every donation goes 100% to supporting our Performance Grants – a program that continues to expand and positively impact community, professional, and youth orchestras.  And, we are thrilled to offer some particularly special Thank You Gifts.  Please give, spread the word, and help make sure we have a robust round of Performance Grants in 2017!