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Data Analysis of Orchestral Seasons 2019-2020

For many reasons—popularity, accessibility, and resources among others—professional orchestras get a lot of attention when it comes to diversity in programming. This page contains data analysis of American orchestras in regard to programming works by women composers and composers of color. Only “mainstage” orchestral concerts are incorporated into these analyses and the emphasis is placed on the percentage of the total season rather than the raw number of works. Different works are counted separately and while we will annotate when more than one orchestra performs the same piece, we won’t be counting multiple performances of a work by the same orchestra. Finally, while the data does not include any works by non-binary composers as of yet, we look forward to providing positive data on that front in the future.


How to read the graphs: Numbers before orchestra names designate League of American Orchestra group numbers (which are based on organizational budget sizes). Numbers after orchestra names designate # of works by composers out of the total works in a mainstage season.

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Note: 35 orchestral seasons are currently represented and will be updated regularly as orchestras announce their 2019-2020 programs!


Orchestral Data for 2019-2020 Season: Women Composers

Numbers before orchestra names designate League of American Orchestra group number. Numbers after orchestra names designate # of works by women composers out of total works in mainstage season.

Orchestral Data for 2019-2020 Season: Composers of Color

Numbers before orchestra names designate League of American Orchestra group number. Numbers after orchestra names designate # of works by composers of color out of the total works in mainstage season.


Orchestral Works by Women Composers (19-20 Season)

(# of multiple orchestras after titles)
Abe, Keiko – Prism Marimba Concerto
Adolphe, Julia – new work
Assad, Clarice – Double Guitar Concerto
Auerbach, Lera – Icarus
Bacewicz, Grazyna – Concerto for String Orchestra
Bacewicz, Grazyna – Overture
Björk – Virus, Joga, All is Full of Love, and Undo
Boulanger, Lili – Of a Sad Evening (3)
Boulanger, Lili – Of a Spring Morning (5)
Carreño, Teresa – Margariteña
Chin, Unsuk – Cello Concerto
Chin, Unsuk – Sheng Concerto
Clyne, Anna – Masquerade
Clyne, Anna – This Midnight Hour (2)
Coleman, Valerie – Phenomenal Women
Dabic, Jelena – Beethaphrase
Diemer, Emma Lou – Homage to Tchakovsky
Elkington, Lillian - Out of the Mist
Esmail, Reena – This Love Between Us
Farrenc, Louise – Nonet in E-flat Major
Fisher, Salina – Rainphase
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Concertina Cusqueño
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Conquest Requiem
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Three Latin American Dances
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Walkabout: Concerto for Orchestra
Fung, Vivian – Dust Devils
Fung, Vivian – Pizzicato
Gubaidulina, Sofia – Offertorium
Higdon, Jennifer – All Things Majestic
Higdon, Jennifer – blue cathedral (6)
Higdon, Jennifer – Concerto 4-3
Higdon, Jennifer – Concerto for Orchestra
Higdon, Jennifer – Low Brass Concerto
Holcomb, Robin – new work
Holmes, Augusta – La Nuit et l’Amour
León, Tania – new work
Loiacono, Loren – new work
Mazzoli, Missy – Dark with Excessive Bright for Double Bass and Orchestra
Mazzoli, Missy – Orpheus Undone
Mazzoli, Missy – Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
Mazzoli, Missy – These Worlds in Us
McTee, Cindy – Circuits
Mendelssohn, Fanny – Overture in C Major
Montgomery, Jessie – new work
Montgomery, Jessie – Records from a Vanishing City
Negrón, Angelica - new work
Neuwirth, Olga – new work
Okoye, Nkeiru – Black Bottom
Price, Florence – Dances in the Canebrakes (2)
Price, Florence – Mississippi River Suite
Price, Florence – Piano Concerto in One Movement (2)
Price, Florence – Symphony No. 3
Price, Florence – Violin Concerto No. 1
Reid, Ellen – new work
Schumann, Clara – Piano Concerto
Shaw, Caroline – Entre’acte
Shaw, Caroline – new work
Sigfúsdóttir, María – Clockworking
Smith, Gabriela – new work (2)
Smyth, Dame Ethel – Concerto for Horn and Violin
Snider, Sarah Kirkland – new work
Snider, Sarah Kirkland – Something for the Dark
Tarkiainen, Outi – Midnight Sun Variations (3)
Tchaikovsky (arr. J. Montgomery) – The Seasons
Temple, Alex – Liebeslied
Tower, Joan – Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Tower, Joan – Last Dance
Tower, Joan – Made in America
Tower, Joan – Yet Another Set of Variations (on a Theme by Paganini)(4)
Wang Jie – Death of Socrates
Wolfe, Julia – Fountain of Youth (2)
Wolfe, Julia – new work (2)
Young, Nina C. – new work

Orchestral Works by Composers of Color (19-20 Season)

(# of multiple orchestras after titles)
Abe, Keiko – Prism Marimba Concerto
Agudelo, Victor – Algor ra a suceder
Bunch, Kenji – Chorus Mysticus
Chavez, Carlos – Symphony No. 2
Chin, Unsuk – Cello Concerto
Chin, Unsuk – Sheng Concerto
Coleman, Valerie – Phenomenal Women
Coleridge–Taylor, Samuel – African Suite: Danse négre
Contreras, Juan Pablo – new work
Esmail, Reena – This Love Between Us
Ellington, Duke – Harlem
Ellington, Duke – New World a’ Comin’
Ellington/Strayhorn – Nutcracker Suite
Elsaffar, Amir – Sounds of the Middle East
Estévez, Antonio – Melodía en el Llano
Fairouz, Mohammed – An Affirming Flame
Fisher, Salina – Rainphase
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Concertina Cusqueño
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Conquest Requiem
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Three Latin American Dances
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Walkabout: Concerto for Orchestra
Fung, Vivian – Dust Devils
Fung, Vivian – Pizzicato
Haddad, Saad – new work
Hailstork, Adolphus – An American Port of Call (2)
Kim, Texu – Spin Flip
Lee III, James – Amer’ican
Lee III, James – Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula (2)
León, Tania – new work
López, Jimmy – Dreamers Oratorio
López, Jimmy – Symphony No. 2 “Ad Astra”
Márquez – Concerto for Harp
Márquez – Danzon No. 2
Montgomery, Jessie – new work
Montgomery, Jessie – Records from a Vanishing City
Negrón, Angelica - new work
Nobre, Marlos – Kabbalah
Okoye, Nkeiru – Black Bottom
Price, Florence – Dances in the Canebrakes (2)
Price, Florence – Mississippi River Suite
Price, Florence – Piano Concerto in One Movement (2)
Price, Florence – Symphony No. 3
Price, Florence – Violin Concerto No. 1
Revueltas – La Noche de los Mayas (2)
Spiva Jr., Derrick – Prisms, cycles, leaps Part III
Still, William Grant – Festive Overture
Still, William Grant – Mother and Child
Still, William Grant – Symphony No. 1
Tan Dun — Excerpts from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Tchaikovsky (arr. J. Montgomery) – The Seasons
Villa-Lobos, Heitor – Uirapurú
Walker, George – Icarus in Orbit
Walker, George – Lilacs
Walker, George – Lyric for Strings (4)
Wang Jie – Death of Socrates
Young, Nina C. – new work
Zhou Long – Cello Concerto “Flowing Sleeves”
Zhou Long – Poems from Tang


SCORECARD

Orchestra Seasons Analyzed: 35
Total Performances of Works: 1448

Performances of Works by
Women Composers: 96
Composers of Color: 67
Underrepresented Composers: 134

Performances of Works by
Ludwig van Beethoven: 163
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 71
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: 53
Antonin Dvorak: 43
Johannes Brahms: 41
Richard Strauss: 39

Performances of 3+ Works by
Beethoven: 21 orchestras
Brahms: 2 orchestras
Dvorak: 5 orchestras
Felix Mendelssohn: 2 orchestras
Mozart: 10 orchestras
Prokofiev: 2 orchestras
Ravel: 3 orchestras
Shostakovich: 2 orchestras
Richard Strauss: 5 orchestras
Stravinsky: 2 orchestras
Tchaikovsky: 6 orchestras


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