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How would you describe your music?

European classical music for instruments, voices and electronics (software synthesis/computer music). I have written 8 operas, the most recent played by the NYC VOX festival.

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

I am a classical composer and writer. I write the words and music to my operas, dance dramas and other works.

Describe your gear.

Steinway "L" piano, IMAC, ProTools, Finale and other software, Genelec speakers, several externals hard drives.

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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?

In classical music there is enormous discrimination against women classical composers. Even in New York City, many professional concerts will not have a single woman composer's work on their program. And, since I am one of the first women in the field of electronic music, it has been glaringly obvious to me that men across the board tend to ignore women composers as if women cannot master whatever technical knowledge is needed to use machines to make music -- even when, as in my case, I have been the instructor of these same men. The result of the discrimination against women classical composers is that few women are in tenured positions in music departments or in positions of power in the field of classical music composition generally. In classical music composition it is almost impossible to make a living as a composer; one must teach in order to live.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Most importantly for the future of European classical music, I see the same thing happening to younger women as to younger men in the field of classical composition: the decreasing knowledge and attainment of classical techniques. Younger women gain untenured academic teaching jobs more easily than in the past.

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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. Although I have a doctorate in composition from Columbia University, no one ever advised me how to create a career in classical music. My advice to a women just starting out in classical composition is first of all to study the great music of the past in depth, as a performer. Secondly, to choose as a composition teacher someone whose music she likes a lot. Thirdly, to create a network of performers who like playing her music, and be in touch with them often to offer them new pieces. "

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

From the age of 5 I studied the piano, because my parent had one. I loved playing Bach and Beethoven on the piano, and when I entered college was practicing the piano 40 hours a week, intending to be a professional pianist. In college while studying classical composition I took singing lessons because I wanted to write better of the voice. I found that the voice was my true instrument, and quickly became, as a perfomer, a professional opera singer, singing solo roles with opera companies in the U.S., and Italy.

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