Monday Link Round Up: October 14, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: October 14, 2019

News and music to start your week! Contemporary Musical Theatre interviews composer Georgia Stitt. The focus is the organization Maestra Music which Stitt founded “to give support, visibility, and community to the women who make the music in the musical theater industry.” Read Five Questions to composer Katherine Balch from I Care if you Listen.  Balch has also written about the support she received from her mentor, Dr. Kati Agócs and the importance of having female mentors and role models. Pianist Magazine has a list of 10 Women 21st century Composers that you should know, including Errollyn Wallen (pictured above),…

Featured Guest Blogger: Quinn Mason on Diversity in Music

Featured Guest Blogger: Quinn Mason on Diversity in Music

We found Quinn Mason’s Youtube channel devoted to women conductors some months ago.  This is truly an amazing channel, featuring more than 150 recordings of ensembles led by 50+ different women conductors, representing a different range of backgrounds, ages and nationalities.  Plenty of pieces composed by women are included as well.  He also has specialty playlists that feature video (as well as audio) of women, Rare Female Composers led by Female Conductors, Interviews with female conductors, and Historic Women Conductors.  Bravo, and thank you, Quinn! Quinn is a composer as well as a conductor, and his website is here.  He…

The Impact of The Women's Philharmonic: Pamela Wilson

The Impact of The Women's Philharmonic: Pamela Wilson

We received this beautiful testimonial from Pamela Wilson a while — OK, over a year — ago. What a fantastic statement of the unexpected and ongoing resonances of The Women’s Philharmonic! Thank you, Pamela! Pamela Wilson works in advancement at Connecticut College and is the founder and director of the New London Drone Orchestra. The group performed in the 24 Hour Drone in Hudson, New York, April 28-29, 2018. Pamela also takes percussion lessons and plays in the College’s New Music Ensemble. As DJ Kitty Empire, she hosts a freeform music show on Sunday nights on WCNI-FM, where she also…

2019-2020 Season Follow Up

2019-2020 Season Follow Up

We recently posted our initial findings for the data we collected from the 2019-2020 season, and have received many comments and questions, and I’ll answer as many as I can! We were asked was any composer besides Beethoven had more works performed than the total number of works by women composers.  The short answer is no.  The longer, more complicated answer is that Mozart came close (at almost 5% of all the works being heard) and that just a handful of 20 dead, white, male composers make up over 50% of all the total programming.  This pie graph is dizzying,…