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Women in Music: Now and Then

Focusing on pervasive historical and current social issues of music and gender, this course examines the contributions of women as composers, performers, musicologists, and activists from the Middle Ages to the present, including Clara Schumann, Florence Price, Nina Simone, Hildegard von Bingen, Jessie Montgomery, and others. Adventurous cellist Amanda Gookin 'pushes Classical forward' (LA Times) and champions the future of music through the creation and bold performance of new works, and a dedication to education, culture, and community engagement. Amanda was the founder and decade-long cellist of GRAMMY-nominated string quartet, PUBLIQuartet. She served on the faculty at Mannes School of Music and SUNY Purchase from 2016-2021, leading courses on experimental performance, social leadership, and women in music and was a speaker on activism through music at TEDxMidAtlantic. She is currently the Executive Director of the MATA Festival in New York City and Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in Virginia. Her initiative, Forward Music Project, commissions new multimedia works for solo cello and video art that elevate stories of feminine empowerment through raw performances and educational programs.

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