Monday Link Round Up: June 25, 2018

News and music to start your week! We were very excited to hear a story on NPR’s All Things Considered about the lack of women’s music heard at the symphony.  The piece explores the current statistics in conversation with Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon.  Listen below – and read WPA President Liane Curtis’s reaction to the story here. The website I Care if You Listen has a conversation with composer Ellen Reid – specifically about her work as a co-founder of the Luna Composition Lab, which offers mentorship by and for female and nonbinary composers. Emily Hogstad…

Monday Link Round Up: May 21, 2018

News to start your week! Amazing new call for new music from Donne in Musica.  Women composers of all music backgrounds, ages, and nationalities are invited to submit compositions inspired by the struggle for human rights.  The call was inspired by the 70th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Learn more here. Jennifer Higdon’s new Harp Concerto received its world premiere by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra last week.  Read a review of the concert here. Julia Wolfe also had a premiere last week: Spinning, an hour-long work for three vocalizing, amplified cellists.  Read a review of the…

Monday Link Round Up: April 16, 2018

News to start your week! Congratulations are due to Jennifer Higdon who was awarded the Michael Ludwig Hemmers Prize in Music Composition.  The prize is given to contemporary classical composers of exceptional achievement “who have significantly influenced the field of composition.”  The Philadelphia Inquirer has more. It has been wonderful to see so much attention paid to the life and work of Florence Price in recent months and weeks.  This week it was announced that Price was posthumously inducted into the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association – and organization she was denied admittance to during her lifetime because of her…

the 44th Annual SAM Conference (part 1): Three Operas

Our reporter Tim Diovanni continues his report from the Society for American Music 44th Annual Conference.  (Read his Introduction here) Operas by Beach, Smyth, and Higdon: Compelling Opportunities for Diversification In this first installment of the series, I concentrate on three operas—Cabildo (composed 1932, premiered 1945), Der Wald (1902), and Cold Mountain (2015)—by Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth, and Jennifer Higdon, respectively. These works present enticing productive and historical opportunities for musicians, researchers, and institutions that allow them to diversify their efforts, an argument that I will support throughout this piece. Amy Beach: Cabildo In the early part of the 20th century,…