Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Monday Link Round Up: January 8, 2018

by sarah - January 8th, 2018

News to start your week!


Listening to Ladies is beginning the new year with another episode – this time talking to Elizabeth Baker.  Learn more on the website, and listen below.


NPR’s All Things Considered host Robert Siegel retired last week after 30 years on the radio.  NPR has been celebrating his career for the past several weeks in anticipation of his departure – including compiling 10 interviews that demonstrated his love of classical music.  Included is an interview with conductor JoAnn Falletta.  Read and listen more here.


Alex Ross of The New Yorker has an inspiring story of members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other professional musicians working with the homeless population to create music in skid row.  Read more here.


And trombonist and music advocate Doug Rosenthal has his list of Four Things I’d Love to Not Hear in 2018 – with #4 being “Anything that Degrades Women.”  We couldn’t agree more.

Monday Link Round Up: August 14, 2017

by sarah - August 14th, 2017

News to start your week!


The Women Composers Festival of Hartford has announced the 2018 featured artists!  This year’s festival will include Tawnie Olson as composer in residence and Cuatro Puntos String Quartet as ensemble in residence.  Dr. Karen Cook will be keynote speaker.  Learn more at the WCFH website – including more information for the ongoing calls for scores, papers, and performances!


As we quickly approach the start of the new school year, it was wonderful to learn about Detroit music educator Delashea Strawder and the great work she is doing to encourage, inspire, and support students.  Listen to the story, and learn more about the important work being done, at Slate.com.


NPR Weekend Edition featured an audio diary from the annual Serbian Guca Trumpet Festival – which, for the first time, included a female trumpet player this year.  Read the transcript online, or listen below:


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


Monday Link Roundup: November 7, 2016

by sarah - November 7th, 2016

News to start your week!

The Guardian republished a piece from their archives about the history of all-women orchestras in the UK.  There were several “Lady Orchestras” – in the United States and abroad – at the turn of the 20th century, who all fought for a place on stage, and for unbiased recognition of their talents.  Read more here.


Alex Ross regularly invites readers of his blog, The Rest is Noise, to take a few minutes to listen to some of the music on his current listening list.  In the past week that included a work by electronic composer and improviser Pauline Oliveros and up and coming composer Michelle Lou.


Speaking of listening, have you been keeping up to date with the Listening To Ladies podcast?  There is a new episode each week featuring a conversation with a living woman composer.  Last week the conversation was with Augusta Cecconi-Bates – don’t miss it!


Though we primarily focus on women in classical music, what better way to start a new week (and one including a national election) than with some great mariachi music?  Read about Flor de Toloache – an all-female ensemble at Huffington Post, and check out their Tiny Desk Concert with NPR below:

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

New Commissions from Kronos Quartet

by sarah - June 9th, 2016

KronosThe Kronos Quartet has announced an exciting new project titled Fifty for the Future.  From the Kronos Quartet website:

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is commissioning a collection of 50 new works – 10 per year for five years – devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. The works will be commissioned from an eclectic group of composers – 25 men and 25 women – and the collection will represent the truly globe-spanning state of the art of the string quartet in the 21st century.

I am deeply excited about this project, not only for the demonstrated commitment to hearing a range of voices in the composers chosen, but also in making the scores accessible to students, performers, and educators.

Works by the first 10 composers are now available on the Kronos Quartet website – including scores, parts and recordings for works by: Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (Azerbaijan/Germany), Rhiannon Giddens (USA), Tanya Tagaq (Canada), Aleksandra Vrebalov (Serbia/USA), and Wu Man (China/USA).

Composers for the second year have already been announced, and include Laurie Anderson (USA), Nicole Lizee (Canada), Anna Meredith (UK), Kala Ramnath (India/USA), and Karin Rehnqvist (Sweden).


The story was also covered by NPR’s Weekend Edition.  Read the story online, or listen here:

Monday Link Round Up: May 23, 2016

by sarah - May 23rd, 2016

News to start your week!

NPR’s Weekend Edition featured a conversation with Anna Beer and her new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music.  (Purchase your copy here!)  Read the conversation on the NPR website, or listen below!


Last week we shared the sad news of the death of Atlanta Symphony bassist Jane Little.  The Atlanta Symphony orchestra is remembering her life and contributions to the ensemble over her amazing career.  Read, and watch, here.


The San Francisco Bay Times has a story of the Montclair Women’s Big Band, and their new festival celebrating women in jazz.  Don’t miss the conversation with trumpeter Ellen Seeling who carved a path for women in jazz – and shares her experiences of sexism along the way.


What did we miss?  As always, leave a comment and a link and let us know!