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New!

Vienna Phil Update December 30, 2012: 

Philharmonic Daughters and Secret Histories

(The status of women in the Vienna Philharmonic, December 30, 2012)

 

Arts Funding

Marketplace of Ideas: But First, the Bill  

A Personal Commentary On American and European Cultural Funding

Some Stats for European Arts Funding

(only an email posting, but with useful information about European arts funding during the economic downturn)

 

Women in Music

You Sound Like A Ladies’ Orchestra  

A Case History of Sexism Against Abbie Conant In the Munich Philharmonic

(Best of the Web Award 1997.)

Sie klingen wie ein Damenorchester  

Sexismus bei den Münchner Philharmonikern: 

Der Fall Abbie Conant 

(Auf Deutsch)

Art Is Just An Excuse

Gender Bias In International Orchestras, published in the IAWM Journal.

Sounding the Abyss of Otherness

Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening and the Sonic Meditations -  Published as Chapter 3 in Women Making Art 

(New York: Lang, 2000) pp. 65-86.

Symphony Orchestras and Artist-Prophets

Cultural Isomorphism and the Allocation of Power In Music, published in

Leonardo Music Journal (M.I.T. Press.)  

Symphonieorchester und Künstlerpropheten

 (Auf Deutsch) Kultureller Isomorphismus  und die Machtverteilung in der Musik, veröffentlicht in

Leonardo Music Journal (M.I.T. Press.)

The Representation of Women in 

35 European and American Orchestras

Update 2009

A Survey of Women Orchestral Players in Major UK Orchestras 

as of March 1, 2010

Edition 2005

The Representation of Women in European and American Orchestras

Prepared by Regina Himmelbauer based on the orchestra's websites 

(between 11.16 and 11.23, 2005)

Fassung 2005

Der Anteil an Frauen in europaeischen und US-amerikansichen Orchestern

Zusammengestelt von Regina Himmelbauer auf Grundlage der eigenen Website-Angaben der Orchester (zw.16.11. und 23.11.2005)

(Auf Deutsch)

Where Are the Women?

A Study of  Women University Level Composition Teachers in Western Europe,

published in the IAWM Journal.

Wo sind die Frauen? 

published in VivaVoce (Germany) 

and KlingKlong (Switzerland.)

(Auf Deutsch)

 

 

The Vienna Philharmonic -- articles and past updates

(Some articles includes information about women in other orchestras as well.)

 

New!   VPO Update 2011  New!

Genteel Discretion and 

Easy Complacency

( The status of women and minorities in 

the Vienna Philharmonic, December 2011)

Vienna Philharmonic Update 

December 2009

Tokenism and Firings: VPO Update December 2006

The status of women and people of color in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra/Vienna Philharmonic ten years after it nominally ended its discriminatory policies.  

HERR-LICHE ORCHESTER? Über die Situation von Frauen im Orchester von Nadine Dietrich 

Das Orchester, September 2007 

(S. 32-35) 

Vienna Philharmonic Update December 2007

Chronologie: Frauen bei den Wiener Philharmonikern

Der Standard, 13. Dezember 2006

Oboist Helene Kenyeri fired by the 

Vienna State Opera

Update 2008

 First Woman To Have Become A Member of the Vienna   Philharmonic Takes Leave of Absence (Update 2005)

The Vienna Philharmonic and Racism in American Classical Music

Why Did the Vienna Philharmonic Fire Yasuto Sugiyama?   (Update 2005)

A discussion of the orchestra's past racial policies and the recent firing of Yasuto Sugiyama.

The Naked Nexus of Music and Politics (Update 2005)

A commentary about our interview on WNYC (New York City) on March 11, 2005.  

Ozawa Conducts the Vienna Philharmonic's New Years Concert: 

Tokennism and Public Relations. 

(Update 2002)

Symphony Orchestras and Artist-Prophets

Cultural Isomorphism and the Allocation of Power In Music, published in            Leonardo Music Journal (M.I.T. Press.)  

Symphonieorchester und Künstlerpropheten (Auf Deutsch)

Kultureller Isomorphismus  und die Machtverteilung in der Musik, veröffentlicht in

Leonardo Music Journal (M.I.T. Press.)

Vienna Philharmonic Update 2003

 

First Woman Performs On Vienna's New Years Concert (2003)

Violist Ursuala Plaichinger performs on the Vienna Philharmonic's 2003 concert.)

Music, Sexism, and War

A commentary on war, sexism and protest against the Vienna Philharmonic published by MSNBC, January 12, 2003.

Vienna Philharmonic Protest Flier (2003)

Hard hitting facts condensed into one page front and back.

The Two-Percent Society

A translation and commentary of Peter Schneeberger's article about the Vienna Philharmaonic from the Austrian magazine profil from February 24, 2003.

The Image of Purity

The Racial Ideologies of the Vienna Philharmonic In Historical Perspective

Action Aisle: Vienna Philharmonic Update 1999

Includes information about Frauennetz protest and the orchestra’s pay,             published in the IAWM Journal.

A Difficult Birth

Maternity Leave In the Vienna Philharmonic

 

Musical Misogyny

An Interview of  Members of the Vienna Philharmonic by the West German State Radio, transcribed and translated by William Osborne.

Musik und Frauenfeindlichkeit 

(Auf Deutsch)

An Interview of  Members of the Vienna Philharmonic by the West German State Radio, transcribed and translated by William Osborne.

Blind Auditions and Moral Myopia

The Vienna Philharmonic's ideologies and their effect on its audition procedures. (This article is especially useful since it provides a concise documentation of the  orchestra's discriminatory policies.)

 

Anfrage der Östreichische Abgeordneten 

Petrovic, Schmidt, Ablinger, Kolleginnen und Kollegen an den Bundesminister für Wissenschaft und Verkehr und der Bundeskanzler betreffend Benachteiligung von Frauen durch das Staatsopernorchester

Selected Newspaper Articles About the Vienna Phiharmonic 

 

 

 

Weblog of William Osborne's Emails

 

Weblog of Emails and Commentaries 

(over 120 documents)

The Vienna Philharmonic, Postmodernism, 

Women in Music Technology, Arts Funding, etc.

Thoughts On Listening

Twenty-two commentaries on music, listening and aesthetic discernment.

 

 

Articles About Our Music Theater

 

 

 

Reviews by William Osborne

 

Landscapes on the Borders of Silence 

A review of the Gelb, Oliveros, Reason Trio published in 20th Century Music

Old Stalwarts Usher In 

he New Millennium  

Cutting Edge improvised electronic music at Art Rattan in Oakland,  published in

20th Century  Music.

Ars Electornica, Eugenics, and Rape

A review of Ars Electronica 2000: "Next Sex" published on the MSNBC website

For Vienna Philharmonic, 

An Aesthetic Downfall

A review by William Osborne, special to MSNBC, of the orchestra's 2003 tour to the USA.

From the Machines of War to the Body as Compiled Code

A review of the International Computer Music Conference 2000 as published 

in Music Works.

Korperlose Music?  

(Auf Deutsch) A review of the International Computer Music Conference 2000 as published in MusikTexte.

 

Articles by Abbie Conant

 

My Trombone Teaching Philosophy

(A ten page article describing Prof. Abbie Conant's pedagogical concepts.) 

Die Philosophie meines Posaunenunterrichts

(Auf Deutsch)

La mia filosofia di insegnamento

 del trombone.

(A ten page article describing Prof. Abbie Conant's pedagogical concepts.) 

The Swiss Clown Grock and 

the Berio Sequenza V 

 

The Status of Women In 

German Speaking Orchestras

As published in VivaVoce 

(Nr. 48, December 1998.)

 Also published by the Ministerium für Arbeit, Stoziales und Stadtentwicklung, Kultur und Sport des Lands Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Der Status der Frauen in deutschen Orchestern

Ein auf Erfahrung beruhender Bericht, as published in VivaVoce (Nr. 48, December 1998.)  

Twenty-one Questions 

for Young Performers

Einundzwanzig Fragen 

an junge MusikerInnen

Letter to a Young Trombonist

 

 

 

Some Major Interviews and Articles About Us

 

Taking On the Vienna Philharmonic

About our work for women in music on the MSNBC News website.

Interview of Abbie in the 

On-Line Trombone Journal

"5 Bizarre Dark Sides 

of Modern Orchestras"

A hilarious article in Cracked.com that covers Abbie's experiences in the Munich Philharmonic.  It has had over 700,000 readers and "Liked" on Facebook over 14,000 times.

Abbie Conant: die frau, die mit celibidache in den ring stieg

clarino, bläsermusik international 5/2004

 

“William Osborne: Artist and Activist”

An interview in the IAWM Journal.

„We’ll sing from our Hearts“  

(Auf Deutsch) VivaVoce (Summer 2000).  

(A German language interview of us together in the Journal of the Internationale Arbeitskries Frau und Musik)

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Abbie's experiences in the Munich Philharmonic comprise the last chapter of the book which was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 18 weeks -- and number one for three.  

  “Sexism In the Brass Section

The Wall Street Journal (July 7, 1993)

"New Vistas for the Performing Arts

A brief discussion of our artistic techniques and their development by William Osborne.

"The Wired Goddess 

and Her Trombone"   

(Auf Deutsch) Ein Bericht von Theda Weber-Lucks für den 

SWR, 15. Dezember 2000

„We Need A Man for SoloTrombone: Abbie Conant’s Story

By Monique Buzzarte, IAWM Journal (Febraruy 1996)pp. 8-11

„Aus dem Blech gefallen“

Der Spiegel (No. 44, 1991)pp. 89-93.

Mark Adamo: "The Trombonist 

Who Locked Horns," 

The Washington Post (March 14, 1994)

„Wir Brauchen einen Mann...“ 

Kultur Joker,  (May 1995): Title page. 

(Lange Interview.)

„Wenn eine Frau 

die erste Posaune spielt“  

TAZ-Jouranl zur Weltfrauenkonferenz Peking. (taz vom Dez. 29, 1994)pp. 66-67.

Susanne Benda, "Die zärtliche Stärke", Badische Zeitung, Mittwoch, 24. Mai 1995 .

Hannes Hintermeir, "Celi Will keine Frau an der Posaune" 

Abend Zeitung Dienstag, 29. Oktober 1991, Seite 16

 

 

 

 

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