Composers You Should Know: Julia Smith

Happy 111th birthday to American composer Julia Smith (1905-1989)!  Born in Texas, Smith was a graduate of the University of North Texas College of Music, Juilliard School, and New York University. Smith’s best remembered compositional output was her operas and works for orchestra.  In addition to her work in musicology, including publications on the life and work of Aaron Copland and editing a directory of American women composers, Smith was also an active and accomplished pianist. Smith’s papers are available at the University of North Texas Music Library. Listen below to Smith’s Quartet for Strings:

Monday Link Round Up: January 25, 2016

Some news to start your week! Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg will be stepping down from her position as Music Director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra next year.     The San Francisco Classical Voice has the story.   British Cultural Minister says that UK orchestras must make changes to encourage more diversity in their members.  The Guardian has the story.  (And fingers crossed that the work of Jessy McCabe continues to make an impact in encouraging more diversity, too, in the programming!)   As always, let us know what we missed!  Leave a link to what you’ve been reading in a comment below.…