The sixth annual international Music by Women Festival returns to the campus of Mississippi University for Women, Thursday through Saturday.
After a virtual conference in 2021, the festival will feature in-person concerts of music written by women composers. The concerts will be held in Poindexter Hall.
“We are honored and excited to host a musical event of such magnitude,” said Julia Mortyakova, The W’s Department of Music chair and artistic director for the Music by Women Festival. “The festival concerts will feature performances of the highest caliber and will allow the audience a small glimpse into the vast body of work composed by women.”
Activities kick off at 10 a.m. Thursday and conclude at 8 p.m. Saturday.
As part of the festival, 15 concerts will be presented. Each day concerts will be held at 10 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. All festival concerts are free and open to the public. Between the concerts and lecture-recitals, papers will be presented.
More than 150 performers and scholars from different parts of the world will gather to celebrate the musical contributions of women. Faculty from top research institutions and conservatories will speak during the festival program.
Topics of the festival lectures include women jazz song composers, cabaret songs, women composers as poets, and composer diversity.
“Many past festival participants are looking forward to being back on the W campus,” Mortyakova said.
Concert and events will be live streamed to the festival website.
Funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, provides support for this project.
For information and a full schedule, visit muw.edu/musicbywomen.