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A Series of Discussions of Women Composers by Joe Marchio
Tuesdays, at 11 am, EDT/8 am, PDT 
September 8–October 27, 2020
Registration Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $10 per session or $65 for series of 8

When someone talks about classical music, what composers come to mind? Beethoven, Mozart, or Bach? Have you noticed that these composers are all male? Let Joe Marchio bring to light some of the female composers from the past and present that deserve just as much recognition as male composers.

During Joe's lecture series on Musical Giants, someone mentioned that she would like to hear more about women composers. We have listened to you! From the medieval composer of sacred monophony, Hildegard von Bingen, to contemporary composers such as Jennifer Higdon and Elena Ruehr  (who lives part-time in Wellfleet on Cape Cod), Joe's 8-part discussion will examine the music of some of the most influential female composers in the world. Join us while we delve into the lives and creations of these extraordinary women and how they have impacted the nature of music.

So, join in to discuss these women! What is the impact of their compositions on the world? Have they feminized music, or is music pure, free from gender? This is sure to be a fascinating examination of classical music!

September 8:    Hildegard von Bingen and Julian of Norwich
September 15:  The Baroque era–Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi                                    The Romantic era–Fanny Mendelssohn & Clara Schumann
September 22:   Amy Beach and Nadia Boulanger
September 29:    Jennifer Higdon
October 6:           Joan Tower and Libby Larsen
October 13:        Ellen Taafe Zwilich and Elena Ruehr
October 20:        Sofia Gubaidulina and Caroline Shaw
October 27:        Roxanna Panufnik, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jessie

                             Montgomery, and Charlotte Bray

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Jennifer Higdon

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Hildegard von Bingen

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Elena Ruehr

Ludwig v Beethoven

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Joan Tower

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Clara Schumann

Fanny Mendelssohn



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Joe Marchio
Instructor & Guide

Joe Marchio is a graduate of the College of Wooster, where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree in organ performance and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the Boston Conservatory. Joe became Music Director of the Chatham Chorale in 2010. He is also the Pastor and Director of Music of the First Congregational Church of Chatham.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.


  • Each session will cost $10 or listen to the entire series of 8 for $65

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • You will receive an email with the Zoom link to the lecture with instructions on how to login within 24 hours of presentation

To register for a session or the series, please click below:

A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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