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Boulanger Initiative: Research Workshop

Thursday • February 24, 2022   |   12:00 pm 1:00 pm


Waiting to Be Discovered: a research workshop for seekers of women composers, presented by Melissa Wertheimer

What do curiosity and creativity have to do with research? Everything! To learn why, join Boulanger Initiative’s Research and Repertoire Consultant Melissa Wertheimer for a workshop during BI’s residency at the Longy School of Music. Explore primary and secondary sources where women composers both shine and remain hidden, places to find those resources, how to ask for them, ways to incorporate them into performance practice, and how to include them in your own research. Come away inspired by knowing that when we know where to look, the lives and music of women composers are no longer hidden.

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Joy and Laura chose the name Boulanger Initiative to honor the work of two paragons of the 20th-Century classical music world. Nadia and Lili Boulanger were not only talented musicians and composers, but they also broke gender barriers on their way to great musical achievements. Both sisters were among the first few women to enter the prestigious Prix de Rome competition, and in 1913 Lili became the first woman to earn the coveted Grand Prix.

After Lili’s untimely death at the age of 24, her sister continued to promote her music and worked to keep her legacy alive. Nadia went on to become one of the most influential musical pedagogues of her generation, as well as the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic, and several other major U.S. and European orchestras.

With our tripartite focus on performance, education, and the commissioning of new music, we pay tribute to Nadia and Lili Boulanger and all that they accomplished, while at the same time acknowledging that we have much, much further to go.


The Boulanger Initiative


Thursday • February 24, 2022
12:00 pm 1:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.