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From the President

PRESIDENT’S LETTER
SEPTEMBER 2019

Dear Fellow Members of Women in Music-Columbus,

The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of the Titans of Classical Music, Ludwig Van Beethoven. He was baptised in the city of Bonn, then in the Electorate of Cologne, on December 17, 1770. He showed early musical promise and with the financial help of the Elector of Bonn, he traveled to Vienna to continue to continue his studies and establish a career. He remained there, or within the environs, for the rest of his life.

Today, Beethoven is recognized as a genius who took the forms of the sonata, symphony, concerto and, to my mind, most noticeably the string quartet, to new levels; in fact becoming a creative bridge to the music of the Romantic era and the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

So why the history lesson?

This season Women in Music hosts our biennial “Call for Scores”. The support that emerging composers need has not changed throughout the centuries, particularly in the case of women composers. Within the archives of WMC are scores submitted by names such as Jennifer Higdon and Gwyneth Walker for this very project, both women whose careers have flourished. Exposure, the chance to have your work performed, can be a powerful tool in the development of such a career.

We are refining our focus this year and calling for scores that include the saxophone in the instrumentation. We are calling the subsequent concerts ”Saxofest”. We have a few sax players within our group and hope this venture will introduce our mission to others within the community.

I look forward to serving this second year as your president and thank the wonderful board members who always bring such creative ideas to the table! Please never hesitate to contact me and remember everyone has something to contribute to OUR group!

Anne-Marie Slater, President