News and music to start your week!

The Philadelphia Orchestra is collaborating with American Composers Orchestra to offer a closed reading session for six up-and-coming women composers.  Though not open to the public, the ensemble will perform and critique each work with the composer and administration from other ensembles in an effort to have more widespread knowledge of the composers.  Learn more about this unique new venture at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

As we approach the start of the new school year, the timely article at Musicology Now addresses issues of accessibility in the music history classroom.  Written by Kimberly Francis, Michael Accinno and Meagan Troop, the writers offer thoughtful observations and creative solutions – and an excellent reminder about the different needs that can all too often be ignored.

At Brass Chicks (for Women Who Kick Brass), Chloe Louise Swindler – a Boston-based trumpet player – shares her experiences in an article titled, How My Ethnicity Has Shaped Me as a Musician.  She discusses her experience not only of recognizing early on the lack of women in the brass world, but also the lack of diversity in classical music more generally – and how she plans to move on from here.

At The Telegraph, two of the composers being heard at this year’s Proms (Roxanna Panufnik and Anna Meredith) discuss with reporter Ivan Hewett about the changes that are happening at The Proms when it comes to representation and diversity in programming.

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is performing Amy Beach’s Bal Masqué on Aug. 22, as part of a lively (and free) program celebrating dance.  They will use our new edition of the work — learn more about Bal Masqué.

AND — help spread the word about our Performance Grants!

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