So You Want to Sing Music by Women: A Guide for Performers

By Matthew Hoch and Linda Lister

SYWTS_Music_by_Women_COVER_002_.jpgSo You Want to Sing Music by Women opens wide a vast repertoire of vocal music written by women to advocate for widespread inclusion of this too-often neglected work in performance repertoire. Hoch and Lister provide a historical and contemporary perspective, chronicling the Western art music canon while also addressing contemporary trends in music theater and CCM.

In addition to providing a historical overview and social context in which women created music, this volume explores the music of hundreds of historical and contemporary women composers, such as Hildegard von Bingen, Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger, Cathy Berberian, Erykah Badu, and Sara Bareilles. In addition to discussions of art song, opera, choral music, and avant garde/experimental music, Erin Guinup and Amanda Wansa Morgan also contribute chapters devoted to music theater, CCM, and advocacy for women composers. Interviews with high-profile composers including Lori Laitman, Rosephanye Powell, Meredith Monk, Georgia Stitt provide accounts from the frontlines of today’s composing world. Additional chapters by Scott McCoy and Wendy LeBorgne address vocal technique and health, and Matthew Edwards provides guidance for working with sound technology.

The So You Want to Sing series is produced in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Like all books in the series, So You Want to Sing Music by Women features online supplemental material on the NATS website.


Series: So You Want to Sing
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
April 2019 • 320 pages

978-1-5381-1605-0 • Hardback • April 2019 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
978-1-5381-1606-7 • Paperback • April 2019 • $40.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-5381-1607-4 • eBook • April 2019 • $38.00 • (£24.95) 

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