Thank you to all composers who submitted work to the New England, NYWC, and International score calls for the 2015 Women Composers Festival of Hartford! We received more submissions than ever before. Thank you for your interest, support, and creativity!


Selected Composers and Pieces: Congratulations to…

Anais Azul- “Swords for Solo Piano”

Deborah Yardley Beers- “Through Tears and Beyond: Movements 3 and 4”

Victoria Bond- “Coqui”

Elizabeth Comninellis- “Bringing in the Boat”

Mel Fitzhugh- “Three Near Dance” and “Tali or Toli?”

Patricia Julien- “Taboo”

Dana Kaufman- “On the Move”

Debra Kaye- “Dialogue with the Ghost”

Patricia Leonard- “How Lonely Are My Days”

Sarah Mauro- “Fantasy No. 1”

Melanie Mitrano- “Two Phobias & An Infatuation”

Kala Pierson- “Spark”

Beth Ratay- “Song Without Words”

Liliya Ugay- “String Quartet No. 2: Movement 3- [des]peration” and “Nostalgia”

Rain Worthington- “Night Stream”

Mo Zhao- “Fantasy and Dance”


International Score Call Finalists:

Ralli Eleni- “COMplex COMbinations in 3”

Loretta Notareschi- “Opa Opá”

Kelley Sheehan- “Skin”

Yiran Zhao- “Ohne Stille (Without Silence)”

*All parts and scores for selected pieces are due by January 1st to


Stay tuned for a secondary announcement about our selected New England Guitar Quartet and WCForum participants!

An Introduction


My name is Gala Flagello and I am delighted to be this year’s Festival Assistant for the Women Composers Festival of Hartford! I am currently a composition student at The Hartt School, studying composition with Gilda Lyons and French horn with Sue Spaulding. Much of my music is based in rhythmic motives, and lately I’ve been exploring the many possibilities of integrating narrative and my own poetry into my pieces.

As a female composer, I’m excited to be working on the Women Composers Festival of Hartford because it gives voice to an underrepresented part of the composition community. The Festival creates a platform for new music and contemporary thought that both entertains and informs musicians, fellow composers, and audience members alike. From score calls going on now to the concerts and lectures in March, I am happy to be a part of a festival so alive with the talent and creativity of women composers.