2018 WCFH Featured Artists Announced!

We are excited to announce our Featured Artists for the 2018 Women Composers Festival of Hartford!

2018 WCFH Composer-in-Residence:
Tawnie Olson

Described as “especially glorious… ethereal” by Whole Note, and “a highlight of the concert” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, the music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson draws inspiration from politics, spirituality, the natural world, and the musicians for whom she composes. She has received commissions from the Canadian Art Song Project, Third Practice/New Music USA, the Canada Council for the Arts, Mount Holyoke College/The Women’s Philharmonic, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Robert Baker Commissioning Fund, among others. In 2017, she received an OPERA America Discovery Grant to develop a new work with re:Naissance Opera, and a Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development Grant to study field recording at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Read more about Tawnie Olson

2018 WCFH Ensemble-in-Residence:
Cuatro Puntos String Quartet

Cuatro Puntos is an ensemble dedicated to intercultural dialogue and universal access through the performance, writing, and teaching of music. Cuatro Puntos has performed extensively throughout the United States as well as in Bolivia, Brazil, England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Afghanistan. A four-year collaboration with Afghanistan’s only music school, which included several teaching artist visits to Afghanistan and a one-year teaching tenure by Cuatro Puntos’ executive director, resulted in a collaborative album between Cuatro Puntos and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music titled “The Rosegarden of Light.” The album is released on Toccata Classics, distributed by Naxos, and has received critical acclaim worldwide as well as airplay on major stations such as BBC and NPR. Blackmore Vale Magazine in the UK said “At a time when we are bombarded every day by images of the world in crisis, The Rosegarden of Light is a joyful celebration of musicians who share a fundamental right to express themselves through the universal language of music.” Read more about Cuatro Puntos

2018 WCFH Keynote Speaker:
Karen Cook, Ph.D

Dr. Karen M. Cook specializes in medieval and Renaissance music theory and performance. She is currently working on several new critical editions and translations of late medieval theory treatises as well as a monograph exploring the development of rhythmic notation in the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. She also maintains active research interests in popular and contemporary music, especially on music and identity in television, film, and video games and on (neo) medievalism in contemporary culture. In addition, she is an active singer and performer of both early and contemporary music, and is routinely on the faculty and staff of Amherst Early Music, the largest presenter of early music workshops in North America. In the 2017-18 school year, Dr. Cook is a University of Hartford Humanities Center Fellow. Read more about Karen Cook


Apply to be our Composer-in-Residence or Featured Performer(s)!

Each year, The Women Composers Festival of Hartford features one or more invited composers and ensembles or soloists.  We typically receive a large number of inquiries about how one can be considered for these positions, so we are happy to announce the creation of a formal application process.

If you’d like to be considered as a potential Composer-in-Residence or Featured Performer(s) for 2018 or beyond, application forms are now available on our Calls page.  Applications must be received by 5/15/17 to be considered for the 2018 Festival.

Our annual calls for participation will be announced in the summer, so check back for additional opportunities for composers, performers, and scholars!

Tickets on Sale at Eventbrite!

Visit our Eventbrite site to purchase tickets to the 2017 Women Composers Festival of Hartford, to be held March 30–April 2 at Charter Oak Cultural Center. The festival comprises concerts, research presentations, and workshops on the subject of women composers. We offer discounted prices to Let’s Go Arts members, students, seniors, adjuncts, etc.

Explore the tab for the 2017 festival above to discover our schedule and learn more about each event and the performers, presenters, and composers who will be with us. (Note that the Sunday afternoon concert will be held at the Unitarian Society of Hartford. All other events are at Charter Oak Cultural Center.) We look forward to seeing you at the festival!