Featured Guest Blogger: Anna Edwards

We are thrilled to share our newest installment in our Featured Guest Blogger series.  Dr. Anna Edwards is a conductor and educator in the Seattle area.  Two of her ensembles, the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra and the Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island, have been recipients of WPA Performance grants.  In addition, she is the music director at Roosevelt High School (Seattle).  She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at the University of Washington. Her research is focused on the role of gender and the challenges that women conductors continue to face.     Gender disparity in music: A commitment and…

Coming Concerts

Two more great events to look forward toward this weekend from WPA Performance Grant winners!! The Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island, under the direction of Anna Edwards, will perform American composer Margaret Brouwer’s Sizzle.  The piece was originally commissioned by The Women’s Philharmonic as part of The Fanfares Project and was premiered in 2000.  Read more about the piece on Brouwer’s website, and find out more about the performances this weekend (on October 29 and 30th) here.  Get a taste of what’s in store with this recording of the work by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic:     On Friday, October 28 the…

Upcoming Premieres in Seattle

I am late in congratulating the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra of Whidbey Island in their performance of Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps and D’un sir triste.  We at WPA were so thrilled to help fund this performance of works by such a talented and, sadly, short lived composer though a 2014 Performance Grant.  The concert took place October 24 with conductor Anna Edwards leading the ensemble. Listen to recordings of the Saratoga Orchestra here: And in just a few days Dr. Edwards will lead the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra in another concert funded by a 2014 Performance Grant.  The concert on November 18, titled “Listen to the Girls”, will feature…