The Maud Powell Signature, Women in Music
The March of the Women
June 2008, Vol. II, No. 2
Premiere online issue
Contents
From the desk of . . . Daryle Gardner-Bonneau, Sigma Alpha Iota …………………………………………... 5
Editorial—The March of the Women ……………………………………………………………………………… 7
Jenny Lind, The Swedish Nightingale by Leslie Holmes ……………………………………………………….. Women with a Cause, The Creation of the MacDowell Colony by Robin Rausch ………………………….. Marion Bauer, From the Wild West to New York Modernism by Susan Pickett ……………………………... Graveyard Stories by Susan Pickett ……………………………………………………………………..
The Society of Women Musicians
, A Major Step Forward ……………………………………………………     in the “March of the Women” by Pamela Blevins
Doreen Carwithen, Breaking Down Barriers by Andrew Palmer ……………………………………………….
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The Children’s Corner ……………………………………………………………………………………………... Amy Beach, “Stealing from the Birds” and other adventures in music by Marie Harris 69
Cameos of More Women in Music ………………………………………………………………………………. Teresa Carreño by Pamela Blevins
Maud Powell by
Karen Shaffer
Dorothy Gow by John France
Ethel Smyth by Pamela Blevins
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The Learning Center ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. Brighter Women Through Music by Madeline Frank 93
Reviews ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Ruth Gipps, an indomitable spirit—
Biography Ethel Smyth — U.S. Premiere by
Bill Marsh
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Recordings ………………………………………………………………………………….………….…………… 101
Profiles of Contributors …………………………………………………………………………………………... Daryle Gardner-Bonneau
Leslie Holmes
Robin Rausch
Susan Pickett
Pamela Blevins
Andrew Palmer
Marie Harris




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Cover photos: clockwise from bottom left, Marian MacDowell, Marion Bauer, Amy Beach, Jenny Lind, Doreen Carwithen

The Maud Powell Signature, Women in Music

The March of the Women
June 2008, Vol. II, No. 2, Premiere online issu
e

Pamela Blevins, Editor Editorial Advisory Board:
Karen A. Shaffer, Associate Editor Anya Laurence (Canada), Jo Leighton (Scotland)
  Virginia Bortin, Leslie Holmes, Nora Sirbaugh (USA)

The Maud Powell Signature, Women in Music is a quarterly publication of The Maud Powell Society for Music and Education, a United States non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization.

Publication is online only at www.maudpowell.org/signature with free access to registered users. In fulfillment of its educational purpose, The Maud Powell Society for Music and Education is making Signature’s content free and accessible to everyone. Publication is made possible by donations to The Maud Powell Society for Music and Education.

Contents copyright 2008 by The Maud Powell Society for Music and Education. The contents may be quoted or used for educational purposes, provided proper credit is given.

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From the Desk of . . .
Daryle Gardner-Bonneau,
Ph.D.

On behalf of Sigma Alpha Iota and SAI Philanthropies, Inc., I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to the Maud Powell Society on the launch of its Signature magazine on-line. SAI is pleased and proud to have provided support for this project; it is hard to imagine a collaboration more mutually beneficial than the one we have undertaken with Signature. An organization comprised of women and devoted to the cause of music teamed with an organization committed to recognizing women’s contributions to music. What could be more natural, more feng shui, if you will?

It is very difficult for today’s young musicians to imagine a time when women were discouraged, if not prohibited, from performing in public, from distinguishing themselves in the arts, and from becoming notable musicians, composers and music teachers. When I took the requisite class in music history as a music major back in the 1970s, I recall only two women mentioned in the entire course – Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann. And embarrassed as I am to say it, I pretty much wrote them off as tag-a-longs to their much more famous relatives. It never occurred to me that, surely, there must have been more women who deserved recognition, and that the history of music was, shall we say, horribly biased! There were more – many more – deserving women, but they worked unheralded, both in their day and in the history books.

But little by little, individual by individual, some incredible pioneering women paved the way for the bright, talented women musicians of today – performers like Martha Argerich, Rachel Barton Pine and Sharon Isbin, conductors like Xian Zhang, Anne Manson, and Marin Alsop, and composers like Jane Ellen, Sue Doherty and Hilary Tan. Signature both recognizes and celebrates the contributions of these pioneering women, as well as the women who are honoring their legacy with their own contributions to the art of music, in all of its forms, today.

SAI congratulates Karen Shaffer and Pam Blevins, Signature’s two editors, for the amazing care they have taken in preparing this first on-line issue and in planning for what we hope will be many issues to come. Their passion for the subject matter and their devotion to the goals of this publication and the Maud Powell Society are evident on every page. I know that Signature will be a fabulous resource for musicians, generally, and especially music educators. But it will be much more to our SAI members. The stories of the women presented in these pages will be inspiring, whether they are striving to meet the challenges of a career in music, or pursuing their dreams in other fields of endeavor.

We hope that our members will become Signature’s biggest supporters and contributors to the magazine’s future issues, and that the online Signature will be a highly visible celebration of women in music for many years to come.

With best wishes from Sigma Alpha Iota,

Daryle Gardner-Bonneau, Ph.D.

National Vice President – Finance Sigma Alpha Iota

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