News to start your week!

Rising star conductor Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla is making her NYC debut today conducting the Juilliard Orchestra.  She is leading the ensemble with Berlioz, Beethoven, and Fires from Lithuanian born composer Raminta Šerkšnytė.   Find out more about the work here, and tickets and information about today’s concert is available here.


OperaHub has announced a contest for “newly-composed arias for powerful female characters in virtuosic female voices.”  Any composer is welcome to enter the competition, which has a deadline of May, 2017.  There will be one grand prize (of $1,000) and seven runners up ($200) – and all winners will be performed in the OperaHub Trunk Show.  Find out more information about the guidelines and how to apply here.


Michael Haas, blogger at Forbidden Music, has a great piece just posted discussing the work of female composers.  Titled, “‘Degenerate’, ‘Deviant’ or Deliberately Downgraded”, Haas discusses his experience sitting on a panel discussing the history of women in music, and what obstacles still need to be overcome.  It is a thoughtful piece – and interspersed into the conversation Haas includes great images and links to works by different women composers throughout history.


Don’t forget to have a listen and make a guess at the Into the Light Radio quiz for September!


The deadline for the Fall 2016 WPA Performance Grant cycle is October 14!  More information and the online application are available here.


And, as always, let us know what we missed!  What have you been reading?  Leave a link in a comment below!