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Judith Shatin

How would you describe your music?

My music ranges from solo and chamber, to orchestral, chamber opera, multimedia, installation. It is dramatic and colorful,with strong narrative shape

Describe your gear.

IMac computer, Mackie 16-track mixer, metric halo, steinway grand piano

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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?

"There is lingering prejudice against female composers, despite the fact that it is slowly getting better. It's especially bad for older women. In general, very few orchestras or operas play music by women. It's somewhat better for chamber music and electronic music.

When I first went to Tanglewood as a Composition Fellow, the first thing I was greeted with was ""oo, a lady composer."" It was not meant as a welcoming remark!"

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I think there are many more role models for younger women, and much more acceptance of women as musicians now.

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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?

"No! Advice - find mentors! "

Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Enjoyed the timbres of piano and flute.

Related Themes: The First Time