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Susan Cohn Lackman

How would you describe your music?

Classical - sounds a bit like movie music (the good stuff).

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I also have an MBA and consult with non-profit organizations. I have a Ph.D., which is good for a professor (it's in theory, composition, and musicology).

Describe your gear.

Finale 2008. Dell D630. Steinway D Grand.

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

Yes! There was not one moment, but there were things like: **"We didn't recommend you for that job at X College because you once taught in high schools and thought that's what you wanted to do." (Said as I finished Ph.D.) **A young composer who said, "I can't marry and have children. That's really a disadvantage for my career." **Noticed that many of the successful male composers are gay. (Sorry, but it's true.) **Professor: "Too pretty to get more than a C." (I'd been marked down for silly flaws on my papers.) **Walking out on stage to applause for my symphony, and several audience members said, "It's a girl!" even though my very feminine name was printed in the program. **And on it goes . . .

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

The younger musicians are rarely in to melody, harmony, and communication. There's a lot of electronic and pseudo-electronic effects.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

I was not mentored AT ALL. I was not taken seriously by any males. Fortunately, I have done all right, but my way is not good for mental health. Many women who could mentor nowadays are still quite competitive - there is insecurity among women composers.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I started as a pianist at age 3. Discovered I was a composer at age 8. Went to undergrad school as music ed major so I play all.

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