Women In Classical Music
Hey, Framers! Since it’s March, Women’s History Month, we’ve been thinking about women in music.
You may think of women as being very prevalent in music today, but that is not the case, as shown in an article written by Dr. Christina Scharff. Her report, “Equality and Diversity in the Classical Music Profession,” shows some surprising statistics.
- Women and people of color are underrepresented in classical music jobs and leadership roles.
- Composers are overwhelmingly white men.
- Women are over-represented in teaching professions.
- Women make 83.7% of the average male classical musician’s salary.
- Orchestra instrument assignments split along gender lines. (Harp players are mostly women. Tuba & percussion players, men.)
Dr. Scharff’s report also includes information about other inequalities within the music profession that are separating men and women.
This year, Frame Dance welcomes our first female winner of the Frame Dance Music Competition, Leah Reid.