NCCO’s sexist program

I just got the e-mail announcing performers at the next NCCO’s conference.

Performances conducted by men:

  1. Oregon State University Chamber Choir, Steven Zielke, conductor
  2. Riverside City College Chamber Singers, John Byun, conductor
  3. Temple University Concert Choir, Paul Rardin, conductor
  4. University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Kent Hatteberg, conductor
  5. University of North Texas Collegium Singers, Richard Sparks, conductor
  6. University of Southern California Thornton Concert Choir, Cristian Grases, conductor
  7. University of Southern Mississippi Southern Chorale, Gregory Fuller, conductor
  8. Portland State University Chamber Choir, Ethan Sperry, conductor
  9. Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West, Richard Nance and Simon Carrington
  10. Portland State University Man Choir, Ethan Sperry, conductor
  11. Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard415, David Hill, conductor


Performances conducted by women:

  1. Azusa Pacific University Chamber Singers, Michelle Jensen, conductor
  2. University of Redlands Chapel Singers, Nicholle Andrews, conductor
  3. Portland State Vox Femina, Joan Szymko, conductor
  4. Portland State University Symphony Orchestra, Ken Selden and Grete Pedersen


4 out of 15. Your standard 25ish%.

Look, I know nobody’s doing this on purpose, but can’t we do better?

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2 Responses to NCCO’s sexist program

  1. Andrew Megill says:

    While I agree with your basic point, one of the two featured guest artists (one of the real ‘headliners’) is Grete Pedersen from Norway, whose work is truly world class. Also half the interest sessions are led by women, and half of the panel on teaching choral lit at the grad level.

    • amelianp says:

      True and very important. Major props to NCCO for featuring Maestro Pederson! And, yes, women in academic and administrative leadership have far outpaced women actually conducting. That underscores the number of women working at the highest levels who aren’t making it onto podiums in representative proportions at conferences.

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