Monday Link Round Up: May 23, 2016

News to start your week! NPR’s Weekend Edition featured a conversation with Anna Beer and her new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music.  (Purchase your copy here!)  Read the conversation on the NPR website, or listen below!   Last week we shared the sad news of the death of Atlanta Symphony bassist Jane Little.  The Atlanta Symphony orchestra is remembering her life and contributions to the ensemble over her amazing career.  Read, and watch, here.   The San Francisco Bay Times has a story of the Montclair Women’s Big Band, and their new festival celebrating women in…

Monday Link Round Up: May 16, 2016

News to start your week! It’s with a heavy heart that we share the news of the death of Jane Little – bass player with the Atlanta Symphony, and the worlds longest serving orchestral musician – has died after collapsing on stage.  Read more at the Washington Post.   Bob Shingleton at On An Overgrown Path visited Morocco and experienced a workshop where women are encouraged to explore and embrace music.  It’s a wonderful reminder that though professional musicians are making inroads to equality, huge gendered divides still exist throughout the world.  A great read, which you can find here.   And…

Monday Link Round Up: February 8, 2016

News to start your week! The City of Birmingham Symphony has officially announced that Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla will in fact become the new music director.  Read the official press release here.  The reaction to her appointment has been fantastically positive – the Guardian has thoughts by Andrew Clements as well as  Imogen Tilden.  And in case you’re curious, check out Alex Ross’s blog to learn how to correctly pronounce her name.   Jane Little, bass player with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, has become the longest-serving orchestral player in history.  She just celebrated her 71st season with the ensemble!  The Atlanta Magazine has an interview that shouldn’t be…

Longevity in Orchestral Positions

In this time of strife for orchestral musicians, it is refreshing to remember just how dedicated many have been throughout their careers. Norman Lebrecht posted on his blog a “near-definitive” list of the longest serving orchestral musicians. While it will surely continue to be updated and changed as more information comes forth, it is significant to note that women performers hold the top two positions. (more…)