2017-18 Season: By the Numbers

Now that Labor Day, and the end of summer, has passed we are looking forward to the start of the 2017-18 concert season – and taking a critical look at what we can expect in the coming programming. We at WPA have been looking at the repertoire of major ensembles for a long time, and are thankful that more attention is being paid to the statistics – in particular with the diligent work that had been done in recent years by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  Though we don’t have such an overreaching look as the work that was done at…

Works by Women in the 2016-2017 Season

There is no denying that the end of summer is upon us.  While that means students returning to classrooms, it also means that the 2016-2017 concert season is arriving, too!  Before we get all dressed up for Opening Night Galas, let’s have a look at what we can expect in the coming months. We have been keeping tabs on the repertoire performed by America’s most recognized and respected orchestras through the repertoire reports published by the League of American Orchestras.  Unfortunately this information, while hugely valuable, is also flawed.  It requires on ensembles to self-report (which some are more diligent…

Winners Chosen for EarShot Commissions

The League of American Orchestras together with EarsShot, and with support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, have announced the first commissions of new symphonic works by women composers.  The new commissions, which were first announced in February, comes from the same foundation which also seeks out new operas by women composers. The winners this year, who will receive a $15,000 commission fee for a 15 minute work, are Julia Adolphe and Melody Eotvos. Read the announcement in the New York Times here, and check out some works by the winners below:

IAWM New Music Competition Winners

The International Alliance for Women in Music just announced the 2011 winners for the New Music Competition. The winners are: Julia Adolphe Anne Kilstofte Katheryn Mishell Jessica Rudman Sabrina Peña Young Nina C. Young Jae Eun Jung Beryl Lee Heuermann Elizabeth Nonemaker Karen Power Congratulations to all of the winners, and to all of the 104 entrants!!