Women Composer Resources


Female Composer Database - a consistently updated and comprehensive database of both living and deceased women composers that can be searched through and sorted by types of work composed, location, dates or nationality

The Kapralova Society - articles, databases, interviews and other resources pertaining to female composers

BBC Radio: Celebrating Women Composers

La Donna Musicale - a non-profit organization dedicated to the research and historical performance of Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Contemporary music by women composers

ComposHer - an online media resource devoted to promoting the work of women in classical music

Archiv Frau und Musik - International archive for Women in Music, founded in 1979

Illuminate - UK based project that highlights the work of women composers and performers

Donne | The Big List - a comprehensive list of women composers with links to further information

Composer Diversity Database

Kassia Database - a database of art song by women composers

Music Theory 

Music Theory Examples by Women - a highly accessible database of theoretical musical concepts covered in music by women composers created by scholars at the Eastman School of Music

Women in Music Theory - a resource for music theorists who wish to learn more about being a female in this field of academia with the overall goal of achieving gender equality

Sheet Music

Women Composers Collection at University of Michigan - a collection of more than 3,000 works by female composers, mainly from the 19th- and 20th centuries, contained at the University of Michigan library

Baroque Music

Cappella Artemisia - an ensemble of singers and musicians that performs baroque music and studies its performance practices

Contemporary Composers

Canadian Women Composers Project - a group of musicians touring Canada to showcase music composed by Canadian women composers

Many Many Women - an index of music composed by women in several genres

Associations/Training Programs

Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

International Association for Women in Music

Young Women Composers Camp - A two-week program held at at Temple University in Philadelphia for young women composers. Students receive instruction in theory, composition, and more.


Listening to Ladies

The Daffodil Perspective - A radio show that features the work of women classical composers both past and present

Classical Discoveries - An ASCAP award winning radio program from Princeton, NJ heard on WPRB (103.3 FM or at www.wprb.com) since May, 1997. The show features lesser known music from around the world and features early music and the music of our time with a major focus on women composers. The entire month of March for the last 16 years has been totally devoted to the works of women.

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