2022 Calls for Participation – DEADLINE EXTENDED!


We are currently accepting applications to participate in our 2022 Festival’s Music Marathon, Scholarly Symposium, Emerging Composers Workshop, and the Call For Scores for our Ensemble-in-Residence concert featuring the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and 2022 Composer-in-Residence Hanna Kim.

All applications are now due on October 8th, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. Decisions will be sent via email by December 15th, 2021 (except for the Emerging Composers Workshop, which will be sent in October 2021). More information can be found on our Artist Opportunities page.

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford embraces diversity of race, ethnicity, and ability. The mission of the Festival is to feature artists who identify as women, including transgender and gender-fluid individuals. The Festival is open to presentations from composers/performers/speakers who are willing to confront gender and other intersecting identities in their work.

These events will be part of the WCFH 2022 Festival, March 11 – 13, 2022 at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School.

**We acknowledge that, given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot predict whether our 2022 Festival will be in-person, fully virtual, or a hybrid combination.

We are looking forward to the 2021 Virtual Women Composers Festival of Hartford on March 19th and 20th, 2021! All events are free and will be available on the Event Page.

This is the first virtual Festival in our 20-year history, and through technology, we can reach even more people throughout the globe who love music and who want to support music created by women.

We recognize that so many of you, like the musicians and composers you will meet during this Festival, have suffered financial hardship as a result of the global pandemic that has consumed our lives for the past year. For this reason, for the first time, we opted to make this Festival free and accessible to all.

For those who are financially able to do so, we encourage you to make a tax-deductible donation, in lieu of a ticket. The suggested minimum donation is $25.00, but no amount is too small – or too large – and is deeply appreciated. Your donations help us to continue our mission to showcase the work of women composers throughout the world.

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford celebrates the diverse body of women’s music – both past and present. Festival concerts feature works by local composers, guest artists, and many more!

Continuing our tradition of diversity in performance and outreach takes a great deal of resources. Please consider making a donation to support this effort. Read more about how you can donate.

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Highlights from Festivals Past

The WCFH board and collaborators are working on ways to continue to be a platform for women’s music, even during this time of social distancing when we cannot gather in person.

Our Youtube channel has been updated with a playlist of performances from the 2019 Festival, including “You Are Not Alone” by 2019 Composer-in-Residence, Jennifer Jolley, “Where is my Voice” by Gabrielle Herbst, “F I X E D HbeaRt” by Niloufar Nourbakhsh, “a brief comment the current state of insanity” by Amelia S. Kaplan, and more from 2020 Composer-in-Residence Melika Fitzhugh, and selections performed by The Whistling Hens.

We hope to bring you more soon.

2020 Festival POSTPONED

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and the precautions being taken by the University of Hartford and the State of Connecticut, the 2020 Women Composers Festival of Hartford is POSTPONED.

We are optimistic that we will find dates in the near future to feature these talented artists, and look forward to showcasing their work.

If you have any questions, please contact us at womencomposersfestivalhartford@gmail.com.