Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Monday Link Round Up: July 16, 2018

by sarah - July 16th, 2018

News and music to start your week!

The 2018 BBC Proms are off and running (ICYMI here are the statistics of women’s representation we put together).  Anna Meredith had a piece presented at First Night at the Proms and spoke to Fiona Maddocks about her work.  Read more at The Guardian.

In response to the #MeToo movement, professional music organizations in the UK are working to create a code of conduct to eradicate sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination.  A joint initiative between the Musicians Union and Incorporated Society of Musicians, you can read more at The Stage.

NBC Nightly News took on the topic of diversity in American Orchestras.  How great to have national attention on this pervasive problem!  Check out the NBC website for the article, and video clip, including interviews with many musicians.

National Sawdust (the innovative music venue in Brooklyn) explores the ways in which Twitter emboldens all trolls – in particular in attacks against women composers, performers, and scholars. The catalyst for the article was a confrontation by Shelley Washington and Gemma Peacocke with a troll who disparaged the role of women composers. John Hong speaks with both Washington and Peacocke.

composer Missy Mazzoli

On July 2 we shared the exciting news that Missy Mazzoli was named Composer In Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A few days later, Mazzoli spoke to WRTI about the importance of mentoring young women composers.  Read the conversation here.

The Dream Unfinished, the amazing activist orchestra, is building up to the finale of their SANCTUARY season.  The July 27 concert  features music by Tania Leon, George Walker, Vijay Iyer, Kareem Roustom and Huang Ruo. Speakers from NYC’s immigrant rights community will share their stories.



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.