Lectures and Symposia

2023 Virtual Festival

Symposium | Women at Work: Composers, Musicians, and Scholars

Virtual Presentation as part of our 2023 Virtual Festival—A Celebration of Women: Encore!

Over a dozen of the best and best-known women scholars whose research focuses on women’s music will convene to discuss with one another and with you the place of women in this year’s Festival and in history. The women featured on the Festival program—composers Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, and Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, and Circé librettist Louise-Geneviève de Saintonge—will be discussed not as anomalies but as part of a continuous history of women making music. Moderated by Ellen T. Harris, Class of 1949 Professor Emeritus, MIT, and co-organized by Claire Fontijn, Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor at Wellesley College, the three-hour session will be divided into two parts, each beginning with a set of five-minute “lightning talks” offered by the panelists to help spark discussion. Panelists will include Jane Bernstein, Suzanne Cusick, Margot Fassler, Claire Fontijn, Catherine Gordon, Kelley Harness, Rebecca Harris-Warrick, Wendy Heller, Candace Magner, Barbara Nestola, Marcie Ray, Ellen Rosand, and Elizabeth Weinfield.