Vivian Perlis Remembered

Vivian Perlis Remembered

By Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett, Ph.D., musicology, [email protected] When Vivian Perlis died last month, the music world lost a respected scholar, a pioneering oral historian, an advocate for American composers and a strong supporter of women in classical music and...
500+ Operas by Women: Perform one today!

500+ Operas by Women: Perform one today!

Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is happy to unveil our newly-updated database of 500+ Operas by Women! We invited Dr. Penny Brandt (one of the two noted scholars who worked on the update) to comment. “Why is nobody performing operas by female composers?”  asked...

Concert 1: Eastman Festival of Women in Music

Today was the first day of the Tenth Annual Festival of Women in Music at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY).  The Festival was founded and is organized by pianist and Eastman Faculty member Sylvie Beaudette.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but to my knowledge,...

The Long, LONG Arc of History

With the debut of Margaret Ruthven Lang’s Dramatic Overture in 1893, the world changed: never before had an orchestral work composed by a woman been performed on the American stage.  The intervening 119 years have brought monumental social change, much of it due...

The 1.7 Percent: Distilling the 2008-2009 Repertoire Reports

Stories about “the 1%” abound in the media, but today I would like to shine a light on a far less reported, though far more relevant for this site’s purposes, statistic: the 1.7%. Our own Sarah Baer crunched the numbers (provided by the League of American...

Back to School With Hildegard Publishing

The Hildegard Publishing Company, which is named after my favorite medieval abbess and is one of my favorite resources for finding music composed by women, put together a great resource for music educators who may be looking for new resources for their classroom or...