New York Women Composers, Inc.

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THE MISSION OF NEW YORK WOMEN COMPOSERS, INC. is to create performing, recording, networking, and mentoring opportunities for its members, and to work for the betterment of all women concert-music composers. We believe that continually focusing attention on music by women composers will hasten its full inclusion in the concert repertoire.

New York Women Composers, Inc. was founded by composers Elizabeth Bell, Lucy Coolidge, Ann Callaway, and Robert Friou, Esq., in 1984. It is a New York 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, under the direction of its members. Membership is open to residents of New York State and the greater New York City metropolitan region who are women composers of serious concert music and to those in musical occupations who support the recognition of women composers.

For the most current NYWC news and announcements of upcoming concerts and meetings, please visit our News page.


  • President: Marilyn Bliss
  • Treasurer: Alyssa Reit
  • Media/Public Relations Coordinator: Jennifer Castellano
  • Board Chair: Barbara Petersen

Board Members

(in alphabetical order)


  • Beth Anderson
  • Victoria Bond
  • Katherine Hoover
  • Patricia Leonard
  • Kim Sherman
  • Alice Shields
  • Faye-Ellen Silverman


  • Lynn Bechtold, Violinist
  • Sara Paar, Soprano
  • Barbara Petersen, Board Chair, musicologist
  • Marvin Rosen, Classical Discoveries radio producer/host, pianist
  • Mioi Takeda, Violinist

         Artistic Administrator & Composer Advocate: Rain Worthington

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