Joan Tower Honored by League of American Orchestras

Joan Tower Honored by League of American Orchestras

Congratulations to Joan Tower who will be awarded the Golden Baton at this year’s League of American Orchestras Conference in Nashville, TN (June 3-5)!  The Golden Baton is organization’s highest honor. One of Tower’s most well known works, Made in America, was commissioned by a consortium of 65 orchestras throughout the country through the League of American Orchestra’s Ford Made in America project.  The resulting piece remains the largest orchestra commissioning consortium in the United States. The Golden Baton  was first established in 1948 and is given in recognition of distinguished service to America’s orchestras, either to individuals or institutions “whose…

NPR on Female Composers At The Symphony (and the lack thereof)

As Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy celebrates the 10th anniversary of our founding, and continues to celebrate the important work of The Women’s Philharmonic, who performed and promoted music by women throughout the 23 years of their existence (1981-2004) we are always happy to hear media attention being given to our central issue, of women composers, and their under-representation in the concert hall. Thus, we are excited to share this story by NPR’s Tom Huizinga on the scarcity of female composers in classical music programming.  This is a great story, with interview clips and music excerpts from a range of important living…

Monday Link Round Up: April 23, 2018

News to start your week! The Guardian has a conversation with conductor Marin Alsop, who, it was just announced, will again be conducting in the 2018 Proms season. A new initiative created by the Sphinx Organization, the New World Symphony, and the League of American Orchestras is working to create more racial diversity in American ensembles.  As the New York Times article explains, orchestras are among the least racially diverse workplaces in the United States, with African-American musicians only making up 1.8% of American orchestra performers. Conductor JoAnn Falletta has announced that she will be leaving the Virginia Symphony at…

Monday Link Round Up: June 27, 2016

News to start your week! Dallas Opera Conducting Institute has announced the 2016 participants!  The winners this year are: Elizabeth Askren (USA), a graduate of Bard’s Conducting Institute who has been an assistant music director at the Concertgebouw; Mihaela Cesa-Goje (Romania), winner of a 2011 Dudamel Fellowship; Alexandra Cravero (France), who has led several operas and symphonies in Europe; Tianyi Lu (New Zealand), a junior fellow in conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Chaowen Ting (USA), conductor of the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra and protégé of Bernard Haitink; Zoe Zeniodi (Greece), who has led productions at…