Women in Music Festival 2024

The Nazareth University School of Music is hosting its third Women in Music Festival in March to celebrate the artistry of women composers. This festival includes concerts and panel discussions, all of which will serve as a catalyst for purposeful dialogue, future collaborations, and engaging performances for our Rochester and Buffalo communities.

Women in Music Festival 2024
taking place at Nazareth University & Buffalo State University
Composer-in-Residence: Lori Laitman
Director and Founder: Dr. Bonnie Choi
Buffalo Coordinator: Dr. Holly Bewlay

All the events are free (except as noted) and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Bonnie Choi (bchoi6@naz.edu).

Thursday, March 7  
12:10 - 1 pm | Student Concert
Wilmot Recital Hall, Nazareth
Student Performances of Works by Women Composers  

4-6 pm | Lori Laitman Masterclass
Wilmot Recital Hall, Nazareth
Students from Nazareth University, Webster Thomas High School, Eastridge High School

7-8:30 pm Movie Screening
Little Theatre
Documentary: Maestra (presented by the One Take documentary series in collaboration with WXXI Classical). Panel Discussion
Tickets

Friday, March 8
11 am-Noon | Panel Discussion

A-183, Nazareth
Representation of Women in the Arts

Dr. Yamuna Sangarasivam, moderator; Women & Gender Studies
Holland Houdek, Art Gallery Director & Studio Art 
Catherine Olson, Theatre & Dance
Dr. Diana Rosenblum, School of Music

12:15 - 12:45 pm | Women's Day Walk
Wegman Family Sculpture Garden, Nazareth
organized by Intersectional Feminist Alliance and the Walking Club

4:30-6 pm | Women in Music Festival Opening Concert at Buff State
Ciminelli Recital Hall, SUNY Buffalo State
"Leading Ladies of the Baroque: Rebels and Trailblazers"
Tormenta d'Amore

6-7 pm Light Reception/Cash Bar-Campus House of Buffalo State  

7:30 pm | Concert with Guest Performers 
Ciminelli Recital Hall, Buffalo State
Performance by students and faculty from SUNY Buffalo State, Eastman School of Music, Nazareth University, SUNY Onondaga Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology

Saturday, March 9
3-4:30 pm | Composers Forum
A13, Nazareth
Composer-in-Residence, Lori Laitman

3-4:30 pm Movie Screening
Little Theatre
Documentary: Maestra (presented by the One Take documentary series in collaboration with WXXI Classical). 
Tickets

6-7:30 pm | Concert with Guest Performers
Wilmot Recital Hall, Nazareth
featuring works by Composer-in-Residence, Lori Laitman and other women composers

Performance by students and faculty from SUNY Buffalo State, Eastman School of Music, Nazareth University, SUNY Onondaga Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology


Sunday, March 10 

2:15 p.m. | Pre-concert Talk
3:00 p.m. | Concert

Beston Hall, GMPC, Nazareth
Festival Concert: in the Company of Women
Nazareth School of Music faculty & The Greater Rochester Women's Philharmonic
Mona Seghatoleslami, MC

Conductor Nancy Strelau will present world premieres by Lori Laitman and Diana Rosenblum, (mother and daughter), featuring mezzo-soprano Katie Hannigan.

2:30-3:45 p.m. | Forum, with Q&A
Ciminelli Recital Hall, Buffalo State
Holly Bewlay, Moderator; Ellen Barnum 

4:00 p.m. | Concert
Ciminelli Recital Hall, Buffalo State
Women In Music Festival @Buffalo State
Buffalo State University Faculty Showcase
Tickets required: $10 


Sunday, March 24
3:00 p.m. | Concert
George Eastman Museum
Nazareth School of Music faculty and students


Wednesday, March 27 
12:10 p.m. | Concert
The Hochstein School
Live from Hochstein: In the Company of Women: Celebrating the Artistry of Women Composers


This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of The Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.” 

The events at Nazareth University are also co-sponsored by the School of Music, the Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Education, Weider Community Engagement Office, the Center for Spirituality, Women and Gender Studies, Naz Composition Club, and the Intersectional Feminist Alliance.

The events at SUNY Buffalo State University is sponsored by the Music Department.

Lori Laitman, 2024 Composer-in-Residence

    WMF Collaborators

        Maestra

         A new documentary screening at the Little Theatre: March 7 & 9.