Repertoire Resources

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Since we're in between posts this week, I thought it would be a good opportunity to put this list of resources up on the website for those of you interested in exploring this repertoire outside of the constraints of this project.

The fact of the matter is, whatever the history books, concert programs, or publishing houses say, there is a lot of music written by not-white-european-male composers. As this Fair Hearing Project will only focus on the subset of that repertoire that this one conductor can get to, it is far beyond the scope of this project to compile a list of all the pieces in the world that could or should be studied.

Thankfully, there are a number of websites, organizations, and services--many of which run by composers who belong to these underrepresented groups--which have graciously provided such lists to the world. If you're at all interested in expanding the repertoire in these directions--and while I don't mean to tell you how to live your life, you probably should be--check out these sites, as they are invaluable at providing a body of repertoire to draw from. Some even provide additional resource links similar to this one, so that with luck, even if I miss something below someone else may have it featured.

Let me know if you think there are any notable omissions or thoughts about these resources! Please check these out, and make sure to support their hard work.

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Resource List

Women Composer's Database

Not only does this Database include several thousand female composers, it also includes race/ethnicity for efforts to highlight intersectional composers and links to repertoire pages for each. Seriously, this is an enormous and helpful resource.

Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

There are a number of different resources available on this website, including several subset lists highlighted below:

Oxford Music Online's List of Women Composers (requires subscription to read entries)

List of Living Black Composers

Kapralova Society Female Composer Database


Below are some publishing houses that have made some specific commitment to highlight/publish works by female composers.

A-R Editions List of Women Composers

Arsis Press

Furore Editions

Hildegard Publishing Company


Alright, we all know Wikipedia can sometimes be a toss-up. But at it's best it's as much a community initiative as many of these other sites, so I'm including two of its lists as well. Proceed with the usual mix of blind trust and total skepticism that one usually brings to Wikipedia!

Wikipedia's list of composers of African Descent

Wikipedia's list of female composers by birthdate