"I am NOT a Woman Composer!" The Life and Music of Louise Talma (1906-1996)

I am writing a biography about composer, pianist, and pedagogue Louise Talma. The working title of this biography is “I am NOT a Woman Composer!” The Life and Music of Louise Talma (1906-1996). I have an advance contract with the University of Illinois Press. Three more chapters, three more years (yes, my 12-month, full-time job takes lots of time). But now that I am about halfway through the book, the momentum is helping. Right now, I am writing Chapter IV which is built around the correspondence between Talma and Pulitzer Prize winner Thornton Wilder. Together they wrote a three-act grand opera, The Alcestiad. It was premiered in Germany in 1962 to twenty minutes of audience cheers, but has never been performed since or in the original language. Talma declared it "too expensive."
I am writing this book because when I ask people how many twentieth century female composers they can name, I hear crickets. Talma is part of the fabric of twentieth century art music history tha…

IAWM Wins Champion of New Music Award!

The International Alliance of Women in Music won the Champion of New Music Award! 
About the Champion of New Music Award The Champion of New Music Award was established by the American Composers Forum (ACF) in 2005 as a national mark of recognition to honor individuals and ensembles that have made a significant and sustained contribution over time to the work and livelihoods of contemporary composers. It is made each year to individuals and/or organizations across a broad range of disciplines including, but not limited to, performance, commissioning, education, recording, and/or funding. Awardees are nominated and selected by the American Composers Forum Board of Directors.
The award to the International Alliance for Women in Music was given at the IAWM Annual Concert on Saturday, October, 28, 2017 at the University of Kansas.YEAH!!  Let's celebrate a fellow group of Women interested in Music!for more information see:

Are you an emerging composer who is a woman?

Then you need to know about THIS opportunity for career development!
Competition Overview National Sawdust (NS), with generous support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, is offering a $7,000 prize to two emerging female composers through its inaugural Hildegard Competition. In addition to the cash prize, winners will receive coaching from two critically acclaimed composers: NS Artistic Director Paola Prestini and NS Curator Angélica Negrón. Following this coaching, the works will be performed live and recorded in National Sawdust’s state of the art venue by Lidiya Yankovskya and the Refugee Orchestra at a public performance in Summer 2018.

Calling all Women Opera Composers

You need to know about this competition!
Opera Grants for Female Composers Supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation
Opera Grants for Female Composers provide support for the development of new operas by women, both directly to individual composers and to OPERA America Professional Company Members, advancing the important objective of increasing diversity across the field.

Breaking the orchestral glass cieling!

Susanna Mälkki brings more news to the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Women writing opera--a superb resource!

Recently I had the great pleasure to attend the joint meeting of the Greater New York Chapter of the Music Library Association and the Atlantic States Chapter of the Music Library Association which was held at Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey October 13-14, 2017.  I was completely suprised to find out about a libguide everyone who is interested in Women in Music and libraries should know about!  I wasn't expecting my interest in Women in Music to intersect with this random conference meeting in quite such a sublime fashion!  Direct your attention, please, to an excellent resource about women in music and the operas they composed in a libguide called "In Her Own Hand: Operas Composed by Women 1625 to 1913."