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Saturday, November 02, 2019

Pittsburgh Classical Music Group Puts New Focus On Gender Equity | Classical Music - 90.5 WESA

Bill O'Driscoll, long-time Pittsburgh-based journalist specializing in the arts and the environment reports, Maria Sensi Sellner studied composition and conducting at Carnegie Mellon University, and has worked in music all around the U.S. for more than a decade. 

Maria Sensi Sellner conducts the Resonance Works Festival Chorus last season at Heinz Chapel.
Photo: courtesy of Resonance Works Pittsburgh
But she said she had to dig to learn about the many talented women composers' troupes, like her Resonance Works Pittsburgh, were ignoring.

So in its seventh season, Resonance Works has a new focus: At least half the works it performs from now on will be composed by women, said Sellner, the group’s artistic and general manager...

Sellner emphasized that Resonance will not stage programs explicitly meant to highlight women composers; it will simply incorporate more women composers into its programs. Exhibit A is “the national anthems.” Sellner said the question Resonance is asking is, “Musically, how can we celebrate our global community? What are the things that we all share?”
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Source: 90.5 WESA