Friday Festival Recap – June 28, 2013

Today’s Friday Festival Recap happens to coincide with Gilda Radner‘s birthday, the amazing comedienne whose career ended too soon.  Here we have a few photos from some of the wonderful concerts during March 2013.


Susan Mardinly and Michael Korman

Susan Mardinly, soprano, accompanied by Michael Korman, joined the countless other singers who brought Amy Beach’s songs to life during the American Women in Song concert.


Colette Hall

Colette Hall gave a rousing performance of Hilary Tann’s Like Lightnings during a full concert of saxophone repertoire.




Dr. Stephanie Lind presented on Betsy Jolas at the 2013 WCForum.

Friday Festival Recap – June 14, 2013

Happy Flag Day everyone! Welcome to another edition of the Friday Festival Recap. This week we have a few candid photos of performers and presenters after events. With the large number of diverse events presented in just a few days, it’s great to see guests and performers taking time to socialize and share laughs.


2013 festival guest composer Hilary Tann enjoying a light-hearted exchange after the ICAM Composers Seminar at The Hartt School.


Daniel Morel, Mary Matthews, and Melissa Wertheimer

Mary Matthews and Melissa Wertheimer, members of the 2013 guest ensemble The Dahlia Flute Duo, and festival director Daniel Morel after an electrifying concert of new flute music.



Nicole Chamberlain, composer, sharing a joke during a discussion on building performer/composer relationships at the 2013 WCForum.

Friday Festival Recap – June 7, 2013

Time for another recap of the many wonderful events from this year’s festival. Be sure to keep an eye out for news regarding next year’s events. We hope to see you there!

Festival guest composer Hilary Tann speaks to the Music Forum at Central Connecticut State University.


Erica Maas, soprano, performs Elizabeth Austin’s Three Sandburg Songs


Monika Krajewska and Natasha Ulyanovsky

Monika Krajewska, soprano, and Natasha Ulyanovsky, piano, perform Pauline Viardot’s Havanaise and Hymne a l’amour by Marguerite Monnot and Edith Piaf.


Picture Post

Hello All!

We cannot thank you enough for all of your support in helping us to make this year’s Festival so wonderfully successful. One of the highlights of this year’s program of lectures and concerts was the WCForum. For the entire day, from 9am till 6pm, there were seminars and lectures. The variety of topics was astounding. From theoretical analysis to compositional techniques, there was something there to interest everyone. Here are a couple of pictures from that day for you to enjoy. More will be coming soon!

Pictured from left to right: Left “Penny Brandt speaking on Elsa Olivieri-Sangiacomo Respighi at the 2013 WCForum.” Center “Mary Matthews and Nicole Chamberlain discuss performer/composer relationships at the 2013 WCForum.” Right “Hilary Tann talks on the nature of composition at the 2013 WCForum.”

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2013 Festival in Pictures

Another wonderful festival this year with so many incredible performances and events.

And so many PICTURES! We couldn’t wait to start sharing them (and there are so many great highlights) so enjoy these few. They’re just the tip of the iceberg!

Today’s photos are a few highlights from the festival’s first day-long conference presenting papers and research on various topics related to women composers, historical and living, and their music. The full list of presenters included Michele Aichele, Penny Brandt, Stephanie Lind, Katherine Eberle, David Pearson, Tatev Amiryan, Julia Mortyakova, Mary Matthews, Melissa Wertheimer, Nichole Chamberlain, Jessica Rudman, and guest-composer Hilary Tann.



Penny Brandt (piano) and Coralie Gallet (soprano)

Penny Brandt presented her paper, Listening for Elsa’s Voice: Influences and Styles of Three Songs by Elsa Olivieri-Sangiacomo (Respighi), which included research on Elsa’s music and her relationship with Ottorino Respighi. The talk included a performance of Elsa’s songs by Penny and Coralie Gallet.



Melissa Wertheimer, Mary Matthews, and Nicole Chamberlain (L to R)

The Dahlia Flute Duo and Nicole Chamberlain discussed building composer/performer relationships in the course of building respective careers.


David Pearson

David Pearson discussed the use of poetic form and other pitch and rhythm processes found in Crawford’s music in his talk The Poetic Sensibility of Ruth Crawford’s Diaphonic Suite No. 1. The talk included a performance of Crawford’s Diaphonic Suite No. 1 by David on saxophone.