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Passing The Baton: Professor of Flute and Music History Dr. Sophia Tegart

The last time orchestras had a regular concert season, few works by female composers were played. In fact, less then 9% of music programmed by the top orchestras in the U.S. were by women composers. Where are all the women? Dr. Sophia Tegart, professor of flute and music history at Washington State University is making sure they take a prominent place in her classroom. Continue Reading Passing The Baton: Professor of Flute and Music History Dr. Sophia Tegart

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Music Moment: Ethel Smyth And Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was lounging in her pajamas in bed one morning when her doorbell rang. A visitor? That was the last thing she expected that day. But, expected or not, there came the sounds of footsteps: through the foyer, up the staircase and down the hall — a moment later into her room, and into her life, burst the composer, writer and suffragette Ethel Smyth. Continue Reading Music Moment: Ethel Smyth And Virginia Woolf

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Passing The Baton: Northwest Composer And Educator Austin Schlichting

Austin Schlichting is a high school orchestra and choir director, in addition to teaching fifth grade strings in Lacey, Washington. He is part of a music education legacy. On top of being a performer and composer, Schlichting continues a four generations-long tradition of northwest music teachers in his family. Continue Reading Passing The Baton: Northwest Composer And Educator Austin Schlichting

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Passing The Baton: Florence Price And Margaret Bonds

The early 20th century presented a series of uphill battles for women in music. For woman of color, they scaled mountains to compose, play and share their voices. It was a series of old locked doors, blatant racism and intolerance. While many in the white, male-dominated  music community  turned backs, refusing to listen, or even attempted to stop them before they could start , Florence Price and her student Margaret Bonds supported *each other* in tearing down doors and making history.  Continue Reading Passing The Baton: Florence Price And Margaret Bonds

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