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…

Monday Link Round Up: July 18, 2016

News to start your week!   New Music Box has the fellows and finalists of the New York Foundation of the Arts Artists’ Fellowship Program – including Lisa Bielawa, Du Yun, Stephanie Griffin, Sarah Hennies, Molly Herron, and Angelica Negrón.  Read more here.   Patti Niemi, percussionist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, has a new memoir about her experiences as a professional musician titled Sticking it Out.  She spoke with Sam Briger on Fresh Air.  Read the transcript here, or listen to the conversation below:   There is now funding in Britain to encourage orchestras to perform works by contemporary British composers.…

2015 In Review

This was an exciting year for those of us following women’s work in music.  We’ve already talked a bit about the tremendous opportunities and advancements women have made in conducting roles.  But Let’s also take some time to look at the plethora of “Highlight” lists that have been shared online and see how they compare to our favorite stories and concerts:   Sinfini Music was very deliberate in highlighting the achievements that women have made in the UK in the past year – including the appointment of Xian Zhang, the first woman to have  a titled role at a BBC Orchestra, Jessy…

Tansey Davies Interview

British composer Tansey Davies, who will have a new work performed at the BBC Proms this year, was interviewed by Sinfini Music. Davies work is an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary approaches to music, and has received much well-deserved attention in recent years.  In addition to the work being heard at the Proms in August, Davies opera, Between Worlds, was recently premiered by the English National Opera. The interview discusses her beginnings, inspiration, and how she works – and does not discuss the “woman composer” question!  Read her full responses to Sinfini Music’s 10 Questions here. For people new to…