Monday Link Round Up: October 29, 2018

News and Music to start your week! Listening to Ladies has a new episode – this week talking to composer Jenn Kirby.  Find out more information about Kirby and her works on the website (which also has information on how to help make sure more episodes happen!) and stream the conversation below: Los Angeles Magazine reports on a new fellowship program designed specifically to help young musicians of color prepare for positions in professional orchestras. Crossing Borders Music has put out a call for African American women composers.  They are planning a chamber music concert in March 2019. As you…

Linda Luebke Strings Festival & Meira Warshauer

This weekend (September 29-30) is the 2018 Linda Luebke Strings Festival in Terre Haute, Indiana.  The Festival offers a unique experience for strings students to grow in their musicianship through small ensemble experience, music theory, dance, composition, development of technique, and camaraderie with other like-minded young people.  The two day festival also offers workshops for music teachers.We at WPA are delighted to support this year’s Festival, which features Meira Warshauer as composer-in-residence.  After a weekend of hard work, the combined festival ensemble will perform a new work commissioned by the Festival. We are especially delighted that Dr. Warshauer will be…

A Call to Action

This past year has brought about important conversations about women’s work in music, and many highly publicized opportunities for the public at large to become more informed and engaged with often-neglected music.  Laura Seddon mentioned in her guest blog that though well-intentioned, these efforts often fall far short of real and lasting change.  But it seems as though there is some hope on the horizon. A student in the UK has created a petition to include works by women composers in the A-level syllabus and exams.  Jessy McCabe, who is 17 years old, reached out to the Music Head of…

Classical Music and Children

NPR’s Classical Music blog, Deceptive Cadence, has been running a series on how to introduce and include children in classical music making and appreciating. The series has included many thoughtful comments by readers as well as guest-posts from some big names – including conductor Marin Alsop. Not surprisingly, while the comments list a range of examples of composers or specific pieces, women’s work in music is not mentioned at all. (You can read some selected reader’s comments here). It would seem to me that one simple way to invite children to participate with and become interested and invested in music…