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June News 
Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

The League of American Orchestras holds its convention annually, and Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy attended this year’s recent meeting in Baltimore.  We met with a wide range of constituent members, including artistic directors and conductors, volunteers and Board members, musicians, and agents who represent soloists.  We gave away sampler CDs and our “Quiz” postcard, and look forward to building productive relationships with the many people we met!  Read more on our blog.

Image: Marianne Martines, composer of a Symphony, Piano Concerto, and music for chorus and orchestra

Women Composers Calendar

New for 2016 is the WPA Calendar recognizing women composers throughout history.  Share the calendar with friends, family, and your favorite musicians!  Download your free copy here!
Follow the Women's Philharmonic Advocacy Blog, Feminist in the Concert Hall, to stay up to date on the news, concerts, and developments surrounding women's work in today's classical music scene.

Recent Stories


Women Composers Festival of Hartford 2017 Call for Scores and Papers

Each year the organizers masterfully balance a range of contemporary and historic music performances, works by the composer-in-residence, concerts featuring works written for the ensemble-in-residence, and scholarly papers and discussions. This year the Festival is featuring the music of Paula Matthusen and the string trio forty/sixty, and there are many opportunities for composers, performers, and scholars to be involved!  read more

Featured Guest Blogger: Report from German Conference on Women and Gender Studies

Anja Bunzel, musicologist and PhD candidate at Maynooth University, Ireland, had the fortune to be able to attend this important conference which took place in April.  She shares her thoughts on her experience at the conference and the future of this type of research.  Read her post here.  

Choral Works by Ethel Smyth - U.S. Premiere

While composer Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) has some name recognition, one of her most important works, the concert-length cantata The Prison, has never been performed in the U.S.. An amazing NYC- choir, Cantori, performed the work May 14 & 15. read more

Remembering Ursula Mamlok

This past month we remembered the life and work of composer Ursula Mamlok upon her passing. Find links to conversations with Mamlok and examples of her music here.


Is there something you'd like to see on the blog that isn't being talked about?  Let us know!  Write to us at  And be sure to check out the blog for a weekly News Round Up and special posts for composer birthdays!

News and Upcoming Concerts

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June 30 - July 3
The National Women's Music Festival will take place in Middleton, Wisconsin.  This year the Festival Orchestra received a WPA Performance Grant to help support a commission of a new symphony by Mary Watkins with Nan Washburn conducting.  Learn more here

Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is a project of The Rebecca Clarke Society, Inc., which is a 501(c) non-profit organization based in the state of Massachusetts.  As such, our work to level the playing field for women composers is dependent on the generosity of our donors.  Your donation is fully tax deductible according to U.S. law.
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