Links to web resources

Organizations and websites supporting women composers and performers:

African American Composers Initiative
Supports many women composers of color with numerous activities and resources.

A Great Host of Composers – This curated database of sacred music compiles choral music and organ voluntaries by women composers for the church year, ​with listings for each Sunday and also feast days. 

Amplify Female Composers
Amplify Female Composers is a new platform created by Carolyn Craig and Janet Yieh that seeks to encourage the performance of sacred music by female composers and arrangers. The platform also hosts Resources and Articles pages to refer readers to some of the incredible work surrounding the liturgical music of female composers and arrangers.

Cecilia’s List
A website to promote sacred music composed by people who aren’t men. The project is conceived and run by Kathryn Rose, a PhD student in choral composition at the University of Aberdeen and organist at St Andrew’s Leytonstone in East London from 2010 to 2016.

International Alliance for Women in Music
A leading US organization devoted to the equity, promotion and advocacy of women in musicacross time, cultures and genres.

Musform – The Online Network for Women Organists

Music, she wrote
A curated bibliography of sacred music by women composers compiled by Frances Nobert.

Female Composer Safety League
This new (2020) organization is dedicated to ensuring the safety, advancement, and empowerment of female, LGBTQN, and POC composers in the music composing industry.

Fondazione Adkins Chiti – Donne in Musica
Includes chronology, extensive biographies of obscure musicians, MIDI files, discography, bibliography, and resources.

Organ music by Black composers, including women:
                 –  Ashley Danyew: Music by Black Composers: 105 Sacred Works for Organ
                 –  NPR Pipe Dreams: African-American Organ Composers
                 –  Knight Foundation: Organ Recital sheds lights on Black composers

Society of Women Composers (UK)
The SWO is dedicated to celebrating female organists in all areas of music-making.

Young Women Composers Camp
YWCC is a two-week music festival for students who are interested in pursuing a career in music composition or a related field. Students take courses on a broad range of topics related to composition, which vary each summer and are taught by a mix of core instructors and guest faculty.


Cohen, Aaron I. International Encyclopedia of Women Composers, Books and Music USA, Inc., New York, 1987

Heinrich, Adel. Organ and Harpsichord Music by Women Composers:  An Annotated Catalog. Greenwood Press, 1991

Jackson, Barbara Garvey. “Say You Can Deny Me,”A Guide to Surviving Music by Women from the 16th through the 18th Centuries.  The University of Arkansas Press, 1994

Thomas, Lisa Neufeld. Voices Found: an Annotated Bibliography of Music for the Mass by Women Composers, Women’s Sacred Music Project, Philadelphia, [1997?] A copy may be found at the Otto E. Albrecht Music Library of the University of Pennsylvania.
Download the Preface to the Voices Found Bibliography

Walker-Hill, Helen.  Music by Black Women Composers :A Bibliography of Available Scores, Center for Black Music Research, Chicago, 1995



German publisher of music by women composers.

Hildegard Publishing Company (US) Music by Women Composers

Scores of short biographies about women composers throughout time.

Multitude of Voyces, C.I.C. (UK)

Publishers of a new series of collections of sacred music by women composers.

Treble Clef Music Press

Publishers of choral music for treble voices, distributed by Subito Music.

Composer web sites:

Andrea Clearfield

Emma Lou Diemer

Jennifer Higdon

Ana Hernandez

Alice Parker

Karen Markham