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By women, for women: Melodia Women's Choir competition targets women composers
Posted 4/7/2015

Melodia Women's ChoirWomen in classical music have made enormous strides since 1839, when a disenchanted Clara Schumann confided in her diary that “I once thought that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose.”

While it is no longer shocking to see women in the role of commanding soloist or orchestral musician, they are still woefully underrepresented as composers. A recent study from King’s College London reported that while 71% of music teachers are women, the number drops to 8% when the subject is composition. In the US, the situation is slightly better, with WQXR’s Q2 Radio estimating the number of women composition teachers at 15%.

For the Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC, a 28-voice ensemble that works exclusively with women musicians, the historic gender segregation of classical music has had a compound limiting effect on the repertoire available for performance. More...


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