Music Through a Feminine Lens

Series Description: Can music “sound” distinctly female? Do women musicians compose or play differently than men? Or are we all listening through a sociologically-determined set of conditions and perspectives about gender? Come and explore these and other questions with Dr. Sarah Schmalenberger, musicologist and musician who studies music through a feminine lens.

Series Information: Three week series, beginning on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 10:00-11:40 a.m. This is a live-streamed, online program. Registrants will receive information by email to access the program. The actual Join URL will be sent out to registrants two business days prior to the session. If you have not received it by then, please contact the Selim Center ( immediately.

Series EducatorDr. Sarah Schmalenberger is a Professor of Music at the University of St. Thomas. A scholar, performer, and teacher, she brings wit and wisdom to the classroom. Expect to be engaged in robust discussion, maybe even some activities that make you clap your hands, move, and sing.

Fee for the series: $45.00 per person

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Series Syllabus:

DateSession Description
April 28

Tuning In to Music “Herstory”

Often times, our lack of familiarity with names of female musicians stems from a lack of documentation. There have been women composers, performers, instrument makers, entrepreneurs, and patrons across all ages and cultures. Their stories just didn’t make it into the history textbooks. Listening more deeply to the history – or “her-story” – we will explore alternative narratives to what has been written (or written out of) music textbooks.

May 5

Fight Like a Girl – Female Musicians Leverage for Change

Suffrage, War, Patriotism, Polio Vaccinations – Female musicians have had something to say about these issues. Across eras and cultures, we’ll explore the matrilineal role of music in service to community and country, often at great sacrifice

May 12

Female Creators, Conductors, and CEOs in Music Today

There seems no single definition of female-ness. The sky is the limit now to what a woman musician can do. And yet, pockets of the music industry remain stubbornly resistant to equity. We will explore the contemporary issues that females face today in the music world.