Congratulations to our 2016 score call winners!

We are delighted to announce that the following participants have been selected for this year’s Festival:

Nautilus Brass Quintet Concert
Victoria Bond
Chia-Yu Hsu
Jessica A. Hunt

Nautilus Brass Quintet Student Workshop
Michelle Barren
Hang-yu Grace Chang
Elizabeth Brooks Duers

WCForum Papers and Presentations
Amanda Johnston and Jessica McCormack
Joann Marie Kirchner
Sacha Peiser
Nannette Solomon
Loralee Songer

Music Marathon Day Presenters
Jeri-Mae Astolfi
Becky Brown
Liane Curtis
Nadine Dyskant-Miller
forty/sixty String Trio
Alika Hope
Amanda Johnston
Rachael Lansang
Lilac 94 Harp Duo
Katherine McLellan
Julia Mortyakova
Theresa Pilz
Sun Mi Ro
Paola Savvidou

Voice and Piano Works
Elizabeth Austin
Erica Ball
Jennifer Bellor
Mel Fitzhugh
Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Jessica A. Hunt
Liz Johnson
Wendy Wan-Ki Lee
Tawnie Olson
Jamie Leigh Sampson

We’re very excited to be presenting the music of these women alongside that of our composer-in-residence Jessica Meyer and other great women composers, past and present.

Oct. 23 Benefit Concert

As part of our Fall Fundraising Campaign running from now until Oct. 23, board members from the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, along with a few special guests, will present an exciting evening of music. “Love, Motherhood, and the Female Gaze” explores the ways that women composers offer unique perspectives on parenthood, romantic relationships, and the female body.

The concert will be held on Oct. 23 at 7:30 pm in the historic Charter Oak Cultural Center.  Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 for general admission or $5 for students, educators, and seniors.  Tickets are available ahead of time online or at the door.

Additionally, we have teamed up with Savers Thrift Store as part of this event, which means that we are accepting donations in the form of cash, check, and bags of gently used clothing, accessories, books, and small household items! We will also be selling swag from our Indiegogo campaign, which you can check out ahead of time here.

Don’t miss this exciting event!

Composer Sadie Harrison Lecture at UConn on 9/23

We are very excited to co-sponsoring an event with the ensemble Cuatro Puntos this week!  This Wednesday at 12:20-1:10 pm, Dr. Sadie Harrison will be giving a public lecture entitled “Nearer to truth than words: musical identity and womanhood in Afghanistan (1970-2015).”  The talk will be held at:

University of Connecticut, Storrs campus
Von Der Mehden Recital Hall
875 Coventry Road, Unit 1128, Storrs CT 06269
Click here for directions 

For more details, visit Cuatro Puntos’s page for this event.  You can learn more about Dr. Sadie Harrison at

2016 Calls for Participation are Here!

The Festival is excited to announce our 2016 calls for participation.  This year,  we are looking for submissions by composers, performers, and scholars. You can view all our calls here and submit your proposals online through our submission forms.  Deadlines for all calls are Oct. 31.  We’re looking forward to another year of strong submissions – so send us your stuff!

Keep an Eye Out: Our 2016 Festival!

Mark your calendar!

The 2016 Women Composers Festival of Hartford will be occurring Thursday, March 10th through Sunday, March 13th, 2016! We are excited to be planning new and different events in addition to the lectures, seminars, workshops, and concerts that you may have experienced this past year. We hope to see you there!

Thank you to all who participated in the 2015 score calls and festival. We will be announcing our 2016 score and lecture calls in the coming weeks, so please keep an eye out for those here on our website and on our Facebook page as well.

Women Composers Festival of Hartford also has a new email address. Please contact us at with any questions!