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Women Composers Wikithon with Longy School of Music and Boulanger Initiative

Saturday • February 26, 2022   |   12:00 pm 3:00 pm

Expanding the collective understanding of the contributions and impact of women composers is integral to cultivating inclusivity and representation in music. Wikipedia is one of the most accessible platforms when it comes to raising awareness; however, many of the articles present overstate the family and relationships of women composers while severely understating their professional achievements. This Wikithon is designed to improve the coverage of women on Wikipedia by improving pages, updating language, providing more extensive information, and creating new pages for individuals. The event will include an introductory presentation, tutorials for the beginner, editing support, and reference materials. Everything to get started, get editing, and make an impact. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.

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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


Saturday • February 26, 2022
12:00 pm 3:00 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.