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‘Music on a WIM’ Coming to Campus Wednesdays This Fall

This fall, the ECU School of Music will present the Women’s Initiative Music Series “Music on a WIM” celebrating the compositions and accomplishments of women in Western classical music with free public performances of music written by female composers.

Events are held in the lobby of the A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall on the ECU campus, with a new concert program at Fletcher on the first Wednesdays of October, November, February, March and April.

In addition, Music on a WIM performances will be scheduled on a variety of dates at high foot-traffic, non-traditional performance settings on the ECU main and west campuses.

Prior to each performance, there will be a short presentation about the composer and what she brings to Western classical music. School of Music faculty member Catherine Garner, the concert series founder and artistic director, said the purpose of the WIM concerts is to educate the local and ECU communities about women leaders in the field of music, both past and present.

“It has been a desire of mine to promote the music of female composers, to empower the young women around me to the same successes as these composers, and to stoke young women’s curiosity about women composers’ accomplishments,” said Garner. “For example, have they ever wondered what the music of Robert Schumann’s wife, Clara, sounds like? What about Fanny, the sister of Felix Mendelssohn?”

She added, “Throughout western classical music there have been women, both composers and performers, who have been successful and made a name for themselves in spite of gender issues. With these concert experiences, I want people to see the potential for this new and fairly unexplored aspect of women’s studies.”

The performances feature faculty and students musicians from ECU, School of Music alumni and guest artists. For more information, call 252-328-6851.


This story appeared originally in the Sept. 24, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at