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Eva Kendrick, Anne's Cordial

How would you describe your music?

I write in many styles: classical, jazz, blues, broadway, pop, rock, alternative, chamber music, opera, film music, electronic, country, folk, singer-songwriter.

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

I am the main composer for my band, and also do the publicity for the band. I contact some potential venues, and for my private voice studio and my career as a composer, I am the executive director.

Describe your gear.

I play a Yamaha YPG625 for my band.

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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?

The first time I realized it was when I was being interviewed while in college. Before then, even though i had listened to many composers and was familiar with classical literature, it didn't occur to me that I was pursuing an unusual career path as a woman.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I wasn't exposed to many young female composers my own age when I was growing up, and I believe it's a lot easier to belong to a network of composers these days. When I was an undergraduate, I was the only woman I knew who wrote music in a department of about 60. As a graduate student, I was pleased to see that there were almost an even number of graduate female and male composers. However, i went back to speak at the school three years after I graduated and discovered there was only one female composer and about 15 men. That was disappointing.

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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?

You are only ever in competition with yourself. No one else writes the music that you write. Don't second guess your instincts and don't try to guess what other people want to hear. Certain people will always get attention due to gimmicks, but if you are true to yourself, you will earn the respect of your colleagues and musicians. I have a whole list for Tips for Composers on my website at www.evakendrick.com.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I have always loved to sing. I actually started off on guitar because I wanted to be like Maria from "The Sound of Music" but didn't stay with it too long. I also liked piano because I thought it could tell stories very well.

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