Joan Tower & Tania Léon in Conversation at LAO

Joan Tower & Tania Léon in Conversation at LAO

By Chris A. Trotman, WPA’s Director of Music Publications. Thank you to composer Dosia McKay (@dosiamckay) for sharing her photo of the event (Tower, left, and Léon) During the 2019 League of American Orchestras Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, I had the privilege of attending a discussion and Q/A session with composer-conductor-pianist-educators Joan Tower and Tania Léon.  Tower was the recipient of the LAO Gold Baton Award, and the Nashville Symphony performed her Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (a title deliberately referencing Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man)!  Léon is also a well-known, very successful composer, conductor, performer and educator,…

Monday Link Round Up: April 2, 2018

News to start your week! The Women Composers Festival of Hartford is getting ready to kick off this weekend!  Learn more about this exciting and engaging weekend on their website – including lectures, premieres, and many, many hours of music! Jessie Rosen, President and CEO of The League of American Composers, shares important thoughts about the problem surrounding the lack of diversity in American orchestras.  In thoughtful conversations with Chris Jenkins, Alex Laing, Gary Ginstling, and Cecilia Olusola Tribble they posit possible paths forward to be inclusive and representative.  Read more here. Read Amy Bauer’s article about the music of…