Friday Festival Recap – August 09, 2013

Another happy Friday recap to everyone! If you didn’t see our announcement from earlier this week, be sure to check out our announced guest composer for 2014, Andrea Clearfield. We’re thrilled to have her join us in March for another series of programs celebrating the diversity of women’s music.

In honor of the guest composer announcement, this week’s photos are all of previous guests. It’s been an honor to host each and every one.

2011 guest composer Gilda Lyons gives a passionate performance of her work A Small Handful


2013 guest composer Hilary Tann receives a warm applause after her talk to Central Connecticut State University


2010 guest composers Cherise Leiter and Marie Incontrera smiling after a hugely successful choral concert


Picture of the week!


For this week’s post, we have a picture of the wonderful Gilda Lyons to share with you. This is from the 2011 Festival Concert Pro Femina where Gilda sang soprano for her own three-movement work entitled A Small Handful, written in 2002.

Ms. Lyons was the featured Composer Guest for the 2011 festival. She had pieces performed on four of the exciting concerts from that festival including the Chamber Orchestra Concert and the Electro-Accounstic Evening, showing her diversity and range as a contemporary composer.

Be sure to come and see the 2013 Festival Concerts where you can check out this years Festival Guest as well as hear works by many other interesting, dynamic women!

Picture Wednesday – August 29, 2012

Another amazing performer who has lent his talent to the Women Composers Festival, Peter Scuderi is a member of Performance 20/20, Hartt’s honors chamber music program. He was the Grand Prize winner of the 10th Annual Van-Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence. Peter is also an active woodwind doubler, was a member of the 2011 College Light Opera Company Orchestra, and currently performs with the Generous Ensemble. In 2011, Peter performed Silk Spinners, a woodwind trio written by our resident composer, Gilda Lyons.

Picture of the Day – July 15, 2012

For the 2011 Festival, NYC-based composer and vocalist Gilda Lyons served as our Composer-in-Residence.  In addition to giving talks to local students and hearing WCF musicians interpret her works, Lyons also performed her extremely moving a cappella composition A Small Handful.  Though a video of the work is not currently online, you can check out her recent Songs from the F Train on Youtube.


Picture of the Day – July 11, 2012

Here’s a peek at the 2011 Festival’s opening concert:

HICO performs in 2011

The Hartt Independent Chamber Orchestra led by Erberk Eryilmaz performed works by 2011 Composer-in-Residence Gilda Lyons, Eunsook Baek, Jessica Rudman, and the winner of our inaugural Composition Competition, Sang Mi Ahn.

The Composition Competition was a new addition to the Festival in 2011, and the high quality of the submissions received in both the first and second years encouraged us to continue offering this award annually.  Each year, the prize involves the performance of a selected work by our featured ensemble – stay tuned to find out who it will be for 2013!