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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Monday Link Round Up: November 6, 2017

by sarah - November 6th, 2017

Lots of news to start your week!

Anne Midgette has an important piece in The Washington Post about the difficulties women composers continue to face in having their works heard, and new commissions awarded.  (There is funding out there, major orchestras just aren’t interested in using it.)  Read online here.


Ryan Ebright of The New York Times reviews a current production of an opera based on the life of suffragette Susan B. Anthony.  First premiered in 1947, music was written by Virgil Thompson with libretto by Gertrude Stein.  The Mother of Us All is distinctly different from so many beloved operas where the female characters are (quite famously) undone.  Learn more about this rarely performed work – and listen in – here.


New principal guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Susanna Mälkki, is making a big impression to concert goers this season.  Music critic Mark Swed offers a profile, and his impressions, of the conductor in the Los Angeles Times.  


And more on the current state of women conductors is offered by Carolyn Watson in Limelight magazine.  Watson, an Australian conductor, will soon be joining the Dallas Opera’s Institute for Women Conductors.  Read her experiences and what she is looking forward to in the upcoming residency here.


What did we miss?  What are you reading?  Let us know!