If a student brings photocopied music to the festival, their parent MUST complete this form
Women Composers Festival
Saturday, November 10, 2018 Graner Music Recital Hall 4460 Barnes Road Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Entry Fee: $15.00 per student entry Online entries and payments due: Friday, October 12, 2018, 10:00 PM Chairs: Linda Densmore (719) 337-1717 or firstname.lastname@example.org Drew Bartels (719) 201-3783 or email@example.com
Welcome to the Women Composers Festival! This will be a noncompetitive event. Students may perform one or two memorized pieces for a total performance time not to exceed five minutes. Any repertoire composed or arranged by a woman is acceptable (see below). Repeats are allowed if student’s total performance time does not exceed five minutes. Edited or simplified music is acceptable.
We welcome ensembles as well as vocalists and instrumentalists. Ensembles may perform with music. We are happy to accept entries from non-member teachers and students. Performers will receive a written evaluation and a medal.
There is no list of approved music, however, please choose a piece composed or arranged by a woman. Pieces from method lesson book pieces are not allowed. (Recital and Performance books in method series can be used.) One movement of a multi-movement piece constitutes one piece. Concerti are not allowed for duo-piano ensembles.
Resources submitted by Linda Densmore (thank you Linda!):
One book is called Sounds and Sweet Air, The Forgotten Women of Classical Music by Anna Bee. It contains biographical information about Francesca Caccinio; Elisabath Jacquet la Guerre, Barbara Strozzi, Marianna Martines, Fanny Hensel, Clara Schuman, Lili Boulanger, and Elizabeth Maconchy.
There is a website called pianorarescores.com which has a section devoted to female composers.
The first female Western composer is said to be Hildegard von Bingen. In In the "modern era", Emma Lou Dieter; Kara DioGuardi, Carole Bayer Sager, Billie Holiday, jazz pianist/composer Toshiko Akiyoshi , Barbara Streisand, among others and a growing number of female pop composers should not be overlooked.