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Mentoring Emerging Women Composers


Grenfell, M, Mentoring Emerging Women Composers, A Century of Women's Composition: Against the Odds, Palgrave Macmillan, L Kouvaras, M Grenfell and N Williams (ed), London, UK, pp. 277-289. ISBN 978-3-16-148410-0 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-95557-1


What is the role of a mentor in music composition? Have there been other mentor programs for women composers where women themselves are the mentors? Does the mentoring process provide a positive outcome in terms of performances and future compositional opportunities? When women mentor other women, what difference does it make, if any? As the genre of orchestral music is one of the most difficult in which emerging composers, regardless of gender, are able to "get a break," this chapter discusses the challenges faced by women composers writing for orchestra. It outlines the scope of my work mentoring women composers in the inaugural National Women’s Composer Development Program, and describes the range of activities included in the process of mentoring women who are composing orchestral pieces. It also outlines the background and activities that are part of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Australian Composers’ School. The chapter also addresses issues surrounding the programming of orchestral music by women composers and considers reasons why mentorship of composers is vital to ensure their access to the professional symphony orchestra oeuvre.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:mentoring emerging women composers, chapter in edited book
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Music
UTAS Author:Grenfell, M (Associate Professor Maria Grenfell)
ID Code:143346
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2021-03-12
Last Modified:2022-10-03

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