ASMAC Presents – Celebrating Advocacy for Women Composers
The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC) presents “A CELEBRATION OF ADVOCACY FOR WOMEN IN MUSIC.” The virtual event marks the 40th anniversary of the First International Congress on Women in Music, held March 1981, at New York University.
The presentation will include inspiring interviews with many pioneers in the fight against the discrimination of women working in the field of music, some of whom are still active in the fight, today. Also featured will be rare audio from the Congress including historic speeches and premiere performances.
Co-hosting are Jeannie Gayle Pool, longtime ASMAC board member and L.A.-based composer, musicologist and music producer, currently part-time music faculty at Chapman University in Orange, and
Alison Freebairn-Smith, songwriter, vocalist and author, with special guests pianist Virginia Eskin, soprano Janis-Rozena Peri, soprano Lucille Field Goodman, and current IAWM President Christine Rusnak, among others.
In 1990, Ms. Pool organized and produced a second Congress in New York City to mark the tenth anniversary of the Congress. At that time, the International Congress on Women in Music merged with the The International League of Women Composers,The American Women Composers, Inc., joined the alliance five years later, to create the International Alliance for Women in Music, now the leading international organization of women composers.The last Congress was held in June of 2019 at the Berkeley College of Music in Boston.
World premieres and revival performances including orchestral works, operas, choral pieces, cantatas, chamber music, as well as electronic, computer, and mixed-media works were performed at the three Congresses. Numerous composers, scholars, and performers got their “breaks” because of these events.
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