Women Being Heard (or not) This Season

That the professional music world, and professional orchestras in particular, aren’t known for welcoming women musicians with open arms isn’t news. It is a truth and a challenge that women have always faced and, as was recently reported by the BBC, is an ongoing concern. But of the challenges that women musicians have always been up against, from being thought not physically capable to play among men to the problem of being “too distracting” (I’m afraid I’m not joking),  one of the greatest concerns is still largely unaddressed even today: the lack of compositions by women composers being heard on symphony stages. There…