A Conversation with Alice Parker

We are always enthusiastic to support the work of student scholars, especially as they increase the knowledge of the work of women composers.  Most recently we were delighted to help students in WPA Board Member Beth Denisch’s Women Composers course at Berklee College of Music as they researched and wrote Wikipedia articles on women composers. One group of students, comprised of Gina Monafo, Christian Betancourt, Rae Kantrowitz, and Laura Salgado greatly improved the article for American composer, conductor, and educator Alice Parker.  During the course of their research they had the wonderful opportunity to correspond with Ms. Parker directly through email. Below is part of their conversation:     Q:…

Celebrating Florence Price

The work to level the playing field for women composers means more than encouraging the inclusion of compositions by women on concert programs.  Advocating for women can mean helping the wider public to become familiar even with the names of significant figures.  Most people are familiar with the names of Bach, Beethoven, or at least one of the other boys — but what average person knows the name of even one woman composer? Sadly, even many musicians do not. That’s why I am so happy to share the efforts of Beth Denisch, WPA Board Member, to help make Florence Price a household (or…