News and music to start your week!

Congratulations to composer Gabriela Ortiz for her recent premiere with the LA Philharmonic.  Her Yanga for orchestra and choir, was commissioned by the LA Phil.  Learn more at NPR or listen in below.

Congratulations are also owed to Professor Josephine Wright (pictured above), who teaches at The College of Wooster, for being named an Honorary Member of the American Musicology Society.  From the article at The Daily Record:

At the annual meeting, Wright was cited “as a pioneer in the study and teaching of women’s and African-Americans’ participation in musical life, and in the mentoring of younger women and scholars of color when there was not yet an AMS infrastructure to do so” and credited for being “one of the first to develop both courses and bibliographic resources about women composers and musicians, especially African-American women, and among the most enduringly involved.”

And read an interview with conductor Odaline de la Martinez, who conducted the first recording of Ethel Smyth’s Fête Galante, her fifth opera.  Rhinegold Publishing has the article. The recording is available from Retrospect Opera.

Billboard Magazine talks with Hildur Guðnadóttir about her recent successes, including her composing the score for the blockbuster film Joker.  “People are starting to take the so-called risk of trusting women for these jobs and finding out that there’s no reason we can’t do it.”

And, on our own blog, Quinn Mason reports on the recent Symposium on Women in Classical Music presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

We always look forward to hearing from our readers!