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People who identify as women

Album cover for Parallelograms by Lina Perhac; her face, with navy blue coloring, is large in the cream-colored background and her full-body silhouette is in front.

Women's Song Forum

devoted to women's songs and voices

WSF is an online forum devoted to women’s voices in song, to the many songs by women, and to the many female musicians working in and with song, who have yet to be given the attention they deserve. The Women’s Song Forum provides an opportunity to expand and enhance knowledge and understanding of this rich and significant area of musical practice and scholarship, and – as the name “forum” suggests – aims to encourage discussion and debate across different interest groups. The forum aims to highlight compositions and performances of music that deserve more recognition.


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At the heart of the forum is our commitment to diverse approaches and subjects and access by a wide-ranging audience. We normally publish 2-3 posts each month by members of our team and guest bloggers.

Photograph portrait of Liza Lehmann leaning her elbow on a piano.

PlanetWoman: 11th Century Meets 21st

Coming next fall! PlanetWoman, an innovative program of world premieres by women composers setting poems by women. Zsuzsanna Ardó found her inspiration in writings of Hildegard of Bingen.

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Musical Maps

On a lark, I asked my students to listen to a beautiful song by Caroline Shaw and, rather than write about it, draw a picture of it. The results astounded me.

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From accounts of individual women or performances to historical essays, from interviews with songwriters and performers to discussions of gender, race and culture in and through song.

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