June 11, 2005
mentioned the lack of women classical music critics.
The National Arts Journalism Program (NAJP) at
recently completed a large study of arts journalism in
. They found that "the average
classical music critic is a white, 52-year-old male with a graduate degree, but
twenty-six percent of all critics writing are female."
analysis these numbers are misleading. The
papers, which are the ones that influence public opinion, have virtually no
women classical music critics. I can
think of only two, Anne Midgette (NYT) and Wynne Delacoma (Chicago Sun-Times)
though there might be others. (If
anyone know of other women classical music critics for major papers, please let
us know.) Midgette is just a
stringer for the Times and seldom covers anything but
's smaller opera companies. And
Wynne's voice does not carry as far as most of her male colleagues in similar
positions. In my view, neither are
especially notable as advocates for women in music.
Midgette, who began
with the Times about four years ago, is the first woman to cover classical music
in the entire history of the paper. Perhaps
that's "news fit to print."
BTW, the NAJP
was recently eliminated due to lack of funding.
A big set back for the arts.