On Saturday (March 28) WWFM, a New Jersey-based classical radio network, aired a program on the show A Tempo about the challenges and opportunities facing women composers today. Host Rachel Katz interviewed Julia Adolphe and Melody Eotvos, composers who are participating in the League of American Orchestras’ initiative supporting women composers, and Michael Geller, president and CEO of New York’s American Composers Orchestra. Administered by the American Composers Orchestra and made possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the League’s initiative aims to increase opportunities for women composers through a series of orchestral readings and commissions. The program is integrated into the orchestral readings program of EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network. Topics discussed in the radio program include the opportunities offered by the women composers initiative, the challenges facing women composers, possibilities and drawbacks of new technology, and the importance of hearing one’s work being developed and performed by a professional orchestra.
Posted April 2, 2015