Congratulations to our 2016 score call winners!

We are delighted to announce that the following participants have been selected for this year’s Festival:

Nautilus Brass Quintet Concert
Victoria Bond
Chia-Yu Hsu
Jessica A. Hunt

Nautilus Brass Quintet Student Workshop
Michelle Barren
Hang-yu Grace Chang
Elizabeth Brooks Duers

WCForum Papers and Presentations
Amanda Johnston and Jessica McCormack
Joann Marie Kirchner
Sacha Peiser
Nannette Solomon
Loralee Songer

Music Marathon Day Presenters
Jeri-Mae Astolfi
Becky Brown
Liane Curtis
Nadine Dyskant-Miller
forty/sixty String Trio
Alika Hope
Amanda Johnston and Jessica McCormack
Rachael Lansang
Lilac 94 Harp Duo
Katherine McLellan
Julia Mortyakova
Theresa Pilz
Sun Mi Ro
Paola Savvidou

Voice and Piano Works
Elizabeth Austin
Erica Ball
Jennifer Bellor
Mel Fitzhugh
Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Jessica A. Hunt
Liz Johnson
Eun Young Lee
Wendy Wan-Ki Lee
Tawnie Olson
Jamie Leigh Sampson

We’re very excited to be presenting the music of these women alongside that of our composer-in-residence Jessica Meyer and other great women composers, past and present.

Oct. 23 Benefit Concert

As part of our Fall Fundraising Campaign running from now until Oct. 23, board members from the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, along with a few special guests, will present an exciting evening of music. “Love, Motherhood, and the Female Gaze” explores the ways that women composers offer unique perspectives on parenthood, romantic relationships, and the female body.

The concert will be held on Oct. 23 at 7:30 pm in the historic Charter Oak Cultural Center.  Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 for general admission or $5 for students, educators, and seniors.  Tickets are available ahead of time online or at the door.

Additionally, we have teamed up with Savers Thrift Store as part of this event, which means that we are accepting donations in the form of cash, check, and bags of gently used clothing, accessories, books, and small household items! We will also be selling swag from our Indiegogo campaign, which you can check out ahead of time here.

Don’t miss this exciting event!

Composer Sadie Harrison Lecture at UConn on 9/23

We are very excited to co-sponsoring an event with the ensemble Cuatro Puntos this week!  This Wednesday at 12:20-1:10 pm, Dr. Sadie Harrison will be giving a public lecture entitled “Nearer to truth than words: musical identity and womanhood in Afghanistan (1970-2015).”  The talk will be held at:

University of Connecticut, Storrs campus
Von Der Mehden Recital Hall
875 Coventry Road, Unit 1128, Storrs CT 06269
Click here for directions 

For more details, visit Cuatro Puntos’s page for this event.  You can learn more about Dr. Sadie Harrison at

Picture of the Day – 9/26/2012


What an amazing show of support for the Festival!  An avid audience listens to Daniel Morel as he opens the 2011 Benefit Concert.  The event was an unqualified success: great music, tasty food, and good company.  The funds raised by that concert helped us to present the wonderful events of the 2012 Festival, featuring Festival Guest Judith Shatin and dozens of other female composers.

Plans are well underway for the 2013 Festival, so if you would like to help support our activities, please check back soon for information about our upcoming fundraising campaign.