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MacArthur Fellow Courtney Bryan’s Musical Resilience

Composer Courtney Bryan could be considered a musical architect, highly gifted in crafting intricate, introspective, and oftentimes politically charged compositions that immerse you into her sonically compelling world.

The New Orleans native is one of this year’s MacArthur fellows. The MacArthur Fellows Program awards exceptionally talented individuals to continue their creative, intellectual, or professional endeavors that contribute to the benefit of human society.read more.

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Ethel Smyth: Trailblazing Composer & Committed Feminist

In honor of the USA’s 52nd annual Women’s Equality Day, I’d like to introduce you to Ethel Smyth, an English composer who is currently enjoying a revival of interest here in the UK.

It’s a wonder to me that Ethel’s name isn’t a staple in more households, not just in music, but also in written works, and very importantly, in connection with the Suffragette movement in the early 1900s.read more.

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Composer Rachel Portman is a Mastermind of Movie Music

Today is the seventh anniversary of the release date of Their Finest, a period drama directed by Lone Scherfig about a scriptwriter for propaganda films during the time of the Blitz. The score of the film had to take the viewer back in time to the 40’s, while bolstering the high stakes and drama, and balancing the romantic elements of the plot.read more.

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2022 MacArthur Fellows: Musician Tomeka Reid

Six women artists are among 25 people selected by the MacArthur Foundation to receive prestigious 2022 MacArthur fellowships (known as ‘genius grants’) in recognition of their extraordinary creativity and promise to advance the future of their fields.

These six women whose pioneering work brings insight and inspiration — a literary historian, a plant ecologist, three musicians, and an architect — will each receive $800,000, a no-strings-attached award as an investment in their potential.… read more.

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Female Composer Amy Cheney Beach Broke Musical Bounds

Today, on the anniversary of her death, we’re celebrating Amy Cheney Beach, a groundbreaking female composer. 

Born in America in 1867, Amy Cheney Beach was a composer at a time when it was not only rare, but actually unheard of to be successful in that field as a woman. In fact, Amy’s first symphony (her “Gaelic Symphony”) was the first symphony to be composed and published by an American woman.read more.

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