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Composer Brittany J. Green answers: “How has being a woman affected your career as a composer?”

Composer Brittany J. Green answers: “How has being a woman affected your career as a composer?”


“How has being a woman affected my career
as a composer?” When I hear that question, I think about how
incredibly fortunate I have been to receive the opportunities that I’ve received
thus far, in the early stages of my career. I of course also think about the struggles
that women before me faced in this field. I think about how they had to work twice as
hard to get half as far as their male counterparts, how they didn’t have the privilege to take
anything for granted. They truly had to earn and work for everything
that they had. I think about how women had to prove themselves
every single time they walked into a room or a rehearsal space or a recital hall. I of course also think about the struggles
that African American women – and African American men – composers have faced in this
field. I think about how little the representation
of the African American community is in the Western concert field. And as I think of these things, you know,
it just really solidifies for me how fortunate I’ve been to receive a wonderful
amount of support and mentorship and opportunities to share my music with the world. And while I know that many women and African
American composers still face many of these challenges, I’ve been fortunate enough to not have those
challenges thus far in my career. And because of that, I celebrate my success
as our success as a collective group and it really makes me excited to see where
music will be in twenty years, because I really feel that my experiences
are a testament that the struggles of women and African American composers were not in
vain.

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