FEMALE BAND COMPOSERs

Featuring works written from Grades 1-4 for wind band

"The thing is that whenever these kinds of (important) discussions take place, there's often some people who go "but it should be only about the music and nothing else. Just play great music!"

​Well, sure, but there are people who aren't white men composing great music... are you playing it? No! And why? Because you don't know about it.

 

My band is too diverse, both in terms of ethnicity and male/female ratio. It's no longer good enough to not be actively looking for and programming music by women and non-whites."

Rob Perkins, Director of Bands, Wausau East High School, WI

Composer Spotlight:
Joni Greene

Joni Greene’s music is described as “rich, colorful, and expressive.” Her music has been performed throughout the United States and in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China and Australia. Her diverse catalog includes works for band, choir, orchestra, chamber ensemble, and chamber opera. Notable awarded prizes include the 2nd and 3rd Frank Ticheli competition, ASCAP/Lotte Lehman “Damien Top” Prize, and the ACC Band Directors Association Emerging Artist Grant. Her work, The Moon Glistens, was released on the 2017 Kansas University Wind Ensemble album by Klavier Music Productions. She has just completed her first symphony for band and has upcoming commissions for a band opera inspired by her ancestors from the 1940s White Rose movement, a new work for concert band for the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, and a work for soprano voice and wind ensemble for the University of Kansas. Ms. Greene’s music is frequently performed and has been featured at festivals and conferences across the U.S. and Spain. She holds a B.M. and M.M. in composition from Indiana University. Her principle instructors include: Michael Gandolfi, Sven-David Sandstrom, Kevin Puts, DonFreund, David Dzubay, and Claude Baker. 

Listen to "Dawnland", Grade 3
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THE LIST (sorted by level of difficulty)

 
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ABOUT THE FEMALE BAND COMPOSER LIST
Currently, there is a focus on works from Grades 1-4. For more resources relating to works by women please consult the comprehensive list of useful links on the ColourFULL Music webpage!
GET ON THE LIST! Entries will be updated periodically. To have your works considered, please fill out the box at the bottom of the page and submit!

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