2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Living American Women Composers of Flute Music


Elizabeth E. Runyon
Dr. Julianna Moore, Faculty Mentor

Despite significant strides made toward the advancement of women in music and society, there is still a gender gap in the field today. This disparity is prominent among composers, evidenced by the disproportionate number of female composers and the performances of their works. This is not only detrimental to the careers of these composers, but to all female musicians. The need to discuss and recognize women composers is debated, but still necessary. This perceived gender gap will be investigated through the study of living American women composers of flute music, specifically Jennifer Higdon, Katherine Hoover, Libby Larson, and Catherine McMichael, by examining their major works for flute. All composers chosen are well-known, prolific, and successful. The challenges that these women have faced and the history of their careers will be discussed, along with the innovations and significant performances of their works for flute.

Keywords: Flute, Women Composers, Modern Music, Gender Gap

Topic(s):Music
Women's and Gender Studies
Interdisciplinary

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 215-1
Location: OP 2210
Time: 1:00

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