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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 composers from underrepresented groups. 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: 120 orchestral 2019/2020 seasons are currently represented!


Orchestral Data for 2019-2020 Season: Women Composers & Composers from Underrepresented Racial, Ethnic, or Cultural Heritages



Orchestral Works by Women Composers (19-20 Season)

(# of multiple orchestras after titles)
Abe, Keiko – Prism Marimba Concerto
Adolphe, Julia – Cello Concerto (2)
Ali-Zadeh, Franghiz – Fairy Tales
Assad, Clarice – Double Guitar Concerto
Assad, Clarice – Nhanderu
Assad, Clarice – Suite for Lower Strings
Auerbach, Lera – Icarus (3)
Auerbach, Lera – new work
Bacewicz, Grazyna – Concerto for String Orchestra (2)
Bacewicz, Grazyna – Overture
Balch, Katie – Cantata for Orchestra and 3 Voices
Balch, Katie – like a broken clock
Beach, Amy – Allegro di molto from Gaelic Symphony
Beach, Amy – Variations on a Balkan Theme
Bielawa, Lisa – Centuries in the Hours
Björk – Virus, Joga, All is Full of Love, and Undo
Bordorová, Sylvie – Concerto dei Fiori
Boulanger, Lili – Of a Sad Evening (7)
Boulanger, Lili – Of a Spring Morning (14)
Boulanger, Nadia – Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
Bryan, Courtney – new work (2)
Chen Yi – Ge Xu (Antiphony)
Chin, Unsuk – Cello Concerto
Chin, Unsuk – Sheng Concerto
Clyne, Anna – Cello Concerto
Clyne, Anna – Masquerade (10)
Clyne, Anna – new work
Clyne, Anna – Night Ferry
Clyne, Anna – Restless Oceans
Clyne, Anna – RIFT
Clyne, Anna – This Midnight Hour (6)
Clyne, Anna – Within Her Arms (4)
Coleman, Linda Robbins – For a Beautiful Land
Coleman, Valerie – Phenomenal Women
Coleman, Valerie – Umoja
Dabic, Jelena – Beethaphrase
Daley, Eleanor – Requiem
Damström, Cecilia – Tundo!
Di Castri, Zosha – Lineage (2)
Diemer, Emma Lou – Homage to Tchakovsky
Doolittle, Emily – A Short Slow Life
Du Yun – Hundred Heads
Elkington, Lillian – Out of the Mist
Esmail, Reena – new work
Esmail, Reena – Sitar Concerto
Esmail, Reena – Teen Murti
Esmail, Reena – This Love Between Us
Farrenc, Louise – Nonet in E-flat Major
Farrenc, Louise – Overture
Farrenc, Louise – Symphony No. 2
Farrenc, Louise – Symphony No. 3
Finck, Leda – new work
Firsova, Elena – The Garden of Dreams: Hommage to Shostakovich
Fisher, Salina – Rainphase (3)
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Concertina Cusqueño (2)
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Conquest Requiem
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Coquetos from Leyendas (3)
Frank, Gabriela Lena – La Centinela y la Paloma
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
Frank, Gabriela Lena – new work
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Three Latin American Dances (3)
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Walkabout: Concerto for Orchestra
Fung, Vivian – Dust Devils (3)
Fung, Vivian – Fanfare
Fung, Vivian – Pizzicato
Fung, Vivian – Trumpet Concerto
Ganz, Isabelle – new work
Garrop, Stacy – new work
Garrop, Stacy – Pandora Undone
Giteck, Janice – Potlatch Symphony 2020
Griffin, Patty/Hardeman, Jherrard – Up to the Mountain
Grigorjeva, Galina – On Leaving (for choir)
Grime, Helen – Everyone Sang
Grime, Helen – Limina
Grime, Helen – Percussion Concerto
Gubaidulina, Sofia – Fairytale Poem
Gubaidulina, Sofia – Offertorium
Hensel, Fanny Mendelssohn – Overture in C Major (4)
Higdon, Jennifer – (to be determined)
Higdon, Jennifer – All Things Majestic (2)
Higdon, Jennifer – blue cathedral (9)
Higdon, Jennifer – Concerto 4-3 (2)
Higdon, Jennifer – Concerto for Harp and Orchestra
Higdon, Jennifer – Concerto for Orchestra (3)
Higdon, Jennifer – Loco
Higdon, Jennifer – Low Brass Concerto (3)
Higdon, Jennifer – Machine
Higdon, Jennifer – Soliloquy for Cello and String Orchestra
Higdon, Jennifer – Viola Concerto (2)
Higdon, Jennifer – Violin Concerto
Holcomb, Robin – new work
Holmes, Augusta – La Nuit et l’Amour
Hunt, Jessica – new work
Issac, Michelle – Earth Triptych (one movement)
Jolas, Betsy – A Little Summer Suite
Jolas, Betsy – Letters from Bachville
Kendall, Hannah – The Spark Catchers
Kuster, Kristen – Moxie
Langer, Elena – Figaro Gets a Divorce Suite
Larsen, Libby – Deep Summer Music (2)
Lash, Hannah – Chaconnes
Lash, Hannah – Double Harp Concerto
Lee, Chihchun Chi-sun – new work
León, Tania – new work
Loiacono, Loren – new work
Mazzoli, Missy – Dark with Excessive Bright for Double Bass and
Orchestra
(3)
Mazzoli, Missy – Holy Roller (2)
Mazzoli, Missy – Orpheus Undone
Mazzoli, Missy – River Rouge Transfiguration (3)
Mazzoli, Missy – Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) (6)
Mazzoli, Missy – These Worlds in Us
McTee, Cindy – Circuits
McTee, Cindy – Einstein’s Dreams
Montgomery, Jessie – new work
Montgomery, Jessie – Records from a Vanishing City (3)
Montgomery, Jessie – Starburst (3)
Musgrave, Thea – Rainbow
Nazaykinskaya, Polina – Winter Bells
Negrón, Angelica - new work
Neuwirth, Olga – Aello—ballet mecanomorphe
Neuwirth, Olga – Masaot/Clocks Without Hands
Neuwirth, Olga – new work
Netzer, Osnat – new work
Okoye, Nkeiru – Black Bottom
Ortiz, Gabriela – new work for orchestra and chorus
Poteat, Angelique – Cello Concerto
Poteat, Angelique – new work for Youth Chorus and Orchestra
Price, Florence – Juba & Finale (from Symphony No. 1)
Price, Florence – Dances in the Canebrakes (2)
Price, Florence – Mississippi River Suite
Price, Florence – Piano Concerto in One Movement (4)
Price, Florence – Piano Concerto No. 1
Price, Florence – Symphony No. 3
Price, Florence – Symphony No. 4
Price, Florence – The Oak
Price, Florence – Violin Concerto No. 1
Price, Florence – Violin Concerto No. 2
Purrington, Hillary – Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky
Purrington, Hillary – new work
Reid, Ellen – new work
Reid, Ellen – Petrichor
Saariaho, Kaija – Asteroid 4179
Saariaho, Kaija – Ciel d'hiver (2)
Saariaho, Kaija – new work
Saariaho, Kaija – The Magic Lantern
Salfelder, Kate – new work
Schumann, Clara – Piano Concerto (5)
Šerkšnytė, Raminta – De Profundis
Šerkšnytė, Raminta – Fires
Shatin, Judith – Ice Becomes Water
Shaw, Caroline – Blueprint for string quartet
Shaw, Caroline – Entre’acte (3)
Shaw, Caroline – Is A Rose
Shaw, Caroline – Lo
Shaw, Caroline – new work
Shaw, Caroline – Other Song
Shaw, Caroline – Partita (for 8 voices)
Shaw, Caroline – Red, Red Rose (2)
Shaw, Caroline – The Listeners
Sierra, Arlene – Moler
Sigfúsdóttir, María – Clockworking
Smith, Gabriela – Field Guide
Smith, Gabriela – new work (2)
Smith, Gabriela – Riprap for Marimba and Strings
Smyth, Dame Ethel – Concerto for Horn and Violin
Smyth, Dame Ethel – On the Cliffs of Cornwall
Smyth, Dame Ethel – The Wreckers Overture
Snider, Sarah Kirkland – Hiraeth
Snider, Sarah Kirkland – new work
Snider, Sarah Kirkland – Something for the Dark (2)
Sung, Stella – Oceana
Syrse, Diana – Colección de Realidades
Tailleferre, Germaine – Ourverture pour orchestre
Tarkiainen, Outi – Midnight Sun Variations (3)
Tchaikovsky (arr. J. Montgomery) – The Seasons
Temple, Alex – Liebeslied
Thomas, Augusta Read – Aureole
Thomas, Augusta Read – Brio
Thomas, Augusta Read – EOS (Goddess of the Dawn)
Thorvaldsdottir, Anna – Metacosmos (2)
Tietz, Dacey – Adventurous Voyage
Tower, Joan – Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Tower, Joan – Last Dance
Tower, Joan – Made in America (4)
Tower, Joan – Yet Another Set of Variations (on a Theme by
Paganini)
(4)
Turner, Jess Langston – new work
Ustvolskaya, Galina – Piano Concerto
Ustvolskaya, Galina – Symphonic Poem No. 2
Walker, Gwyneth – And Death Shall Have No Dominion
Wang Jie – Death of Socrates
Wang Jie – Symphonic Overture "America the Beautiful" (2)
Wang, Sydney – new work (2)
Warshaw, Dalit – Theremin Concerto
Wennäkoski, Lotta – Flounce
Wennäkoski, Lotta – Hava
Williams, Grace – Sea Sketches
Williams, Mary Lou – Selections from Zodiac Suite
Wolfe, Julia – Big, Beautiful, Dark, and Scary
Wolfe, Julia – Flower Power
Wolfe, Julia – Fountain of Youth (4)
Wolfe, Julia – Fuel
Wolfe, Julia – new work (2)
Woman Composer (not yet selected)
Wong, Cynthia Lee – new work
Young, Nina C. – new work
Zwillich, Ellen Taafe – Jubilation

Orchestral Works by Composers from Underrepresented Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Heritages (19-20 Season)

(# of multiple orchestras after titles)
Abe, Keiko – Prism Marimba Concerto
Agudelo, Victor – Algor ra a suceder
Aguila, Miguel del – Salon Buenos Aires
Aguila, Miguel del – The Fall of Cuzco
Aguila, Miguel del – The Giant Guitar
Aguila, Miguel del – Violin Concerto
Ali-Zadeh, Franghiz – Fairy Tales
Al-Zand, Karim – new work
Arroyo, Fernando – Earth Triptych (one movement)
Assad, Clarice – Double Guitar Concerto
Assad, Clarice – Nhanderu
Assad, Clarice – Suite for Lower Strings
Barba, Enrico Chapela – new work
Basulto, Alejandro – new work
Basulto, Alejandro – Triptico de Luz
Bryan, Courtney – new work (2)
Bunch, Kenji – Chorus Mysticus
Bunch, Kenji – Groovebox Variations
Carreño, Inocente – Margariteña (2)
Chavez, Carlos – Symphony No. 2 (3)
Chen Yi – Ge Xu (Antiphony)
Chin, Unsuk – Cello Concerto
Chin, Unsuk – Sheng Concerto
Coleman, Valerie – Phenomenal Women
Coleman, Valerie – Umoja
Coleridge–Taylor, Samuel – African Suite: Danse négre
Coleridge–Taylor, Samuel – Petite Suite de Concert
Contreras, Juan Pablo – new work
D’Rivera, Paquito – new trumpet concerto
Du Yun – Hundred Heads
Ellington, Duke – Celebration
Ellington, Duke – Harlem
Ellington, Duke – New World a’ Comin’
Ellington/Strayhorn – Nutcracker Suite (3)
Elsaffar, Amir – Sounds of the Middle East
Esmail, Reena – new work
Esmail, Reena – Sitar Concerto
Esmail, Reena – Teen Murti
Esmail, Reena – This Love Between Us
Estévez, Antonio – Melodía en el Llano (2)
Fairouz, Mohammed – An Affirming Flame
Fisher, Salina – Rainphase (3)
Flores, Pacho – Morocota
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Concertina Cusqueño (2)
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Conquest Requiem
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Coquetos from Leyendas (2)
Frank, Gabriela Lena – La Centinela y la Paloma
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
Frank, Gabriela Lena – new work
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Three Latin American Dances (3)
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Walkabout: Concerto for Orchestra
Fung, Vivian – Dust Devils (3)
Fung, Vivian – Fanfare
Fung, Vivian – Pizzicato
Fung, Vivian – Trumpet Concerto
Ginastera – Four Dances from Estancia
Ginastera – Harp Concerto
Ginastera – Malambo rom Estancia
Ginastera – Variaciones concertantes (3)
Griffin, Patty/Hardeman, Jherrard – Up to the Mountain
Guan Xia – Overture
Habibi, Iman – new work
Haddad, Saad – new work
Hailstork, Adolphus – An American Port of Call (2)
Hailstork, Adolphus – Symphony No. 1
Hailstork, Adolphus – The Gift of the Magi
Huang Ruo – Folk Songs for Orchestra
Ikegwuonu, Desmond – new work
Izcaray, Carlos – Cello Concerto
Jenkins, Edmond Thornton – Charlestonia
Kendall, Hannah – The Spark Catchers
Kidane, Daniel – Dream Song
Kim, Texu – Spin Flip (2)
Lara, Felipe – Double Concerto
Lau, Kevin – Erhu Concerto
Lee III, James – Amer’ican
Lee III, James – Emotive Transformations
Lee III, James – Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula (4)
Lee, Chihchun Chi-sun – new work
Lee, Chihchun Chi-sun – new work
Legend, John/Common – Glory (from "Thelma")
León, Tania – new work
López, Jimmy – Dreamers Oratorio
López, Jimmy – Fiesta! (2)
López, Jimmy – Symphony No. 2 “Ad Astra”
Márquez – Concerto for Harp (2)
Márquez – Concierto de Otoño (2)
Márquez – Conge del Fuego
Márquez – Danzon No. 2 (5)
Marsalis, Wynton – Blues Symphony
Marsalis, Wynton – Symphony No. 4 "The Jungle"
Marsalis, Wynton – Violin Concerto
Moncayo – Huapango
Montgomery, Jessie – new work
Montgomery, Jessie – Records from a Vanishing City (3)
Montgomery, Jessie – Starburst (3)
Nabors, Brian – new work
Ndodana-Breen, Bongani – African Kaddish
Negrón, Angelica - new work
Netzer, Osnat – new work
Nobre, Marlos – Kabbalah
Okoye, Nkeiru – Black Bottom
Ortiz, Gabriela – new work for orchestra and chorus
Piazzolla, Astor – Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas
Piazzolla, Astor – Libertango (3)
Piazzolla, Astor – Tangazo
Piazzolla, Astor – The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (7)
Price, Florence – Juba & Finale (from Symphony No. 1)
Price, Florence – Dances in the Canebrakes (2)
Price, Florence – Mississippi River Suite
Price, Florence – Piano Concerto in One Movement (4)
Price, Florence – Piano Concerto No. 1
Price, Florence – Symphony No. 3
Price, Florence – Symphony No. 4
Price, Florence – The Oak
Price, Florence – Violin Concerto No. 1
Price, Florence – Violin Concerto No. 2
Ranjbaran, Behzad – Seven Passages
Revueltas – La Noche de los Mayas (2)
Revueltas – Sensemayá
Roumain, Daniel Bernard – Voodoo Violin Concerto
Roustom, Kareem – Turn to The World, a Whitman Cantata
Schubert/Golijov – She Was Here
Shaheen, Simon – Concerto for Oud
Sierra, Roberto – Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra
Sierra, Roberto – Fandangos
Simon, Carlos – new work
Sorey, Tyshawn – new work for Cello and Orchestra
Spiva Jr., Derrick – Prisms, cycles, leaps Part III
Still, William Grant – Darker America
Still, William Grant – Festive Overture (2)
Still, William Grant – Mother and Child
Still, William Grant – Poem (2)
Still, William Grant – Symphony No. 1 (2)
Subramaniam, Lakshminarayana – Shanti-Priya Concerto for violin
and orchestra
Sung, Stella – Oceana
Syrse, Diana – Colección de Realidades
Takemitsu, Toru – Requiem for String Orchestra
Tan Dun – Internet Symphony
Tan Dun – Pipa Concerto
Tan Dun – Secret of Wind and Birds (2)
Tan Dun — Excerpts from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Tao, Conrad – Oneiroi (2)
Tchaikovsky (arr. J. Montgomery) – The Seasons
Thompson, Joel – The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed
Villa-Lobos, Heitor – Bachianas brasileiras No. 5: Aria
Villa-Lobos, Heitor – Bachianas brasileiras No. 8
Villa-Lobos, Heitor – Uirapurú
Walker, George – Icarus in Orbit
Walker, George – Lilacs
Walker, George – Lyric for Strings (8)
Wang Jie – Death of Socrates
Wang Jie – Symphonic Overture "America the Beautiful" (2)
Wang, Sydney – new work (2)
Wijeratne, Dinuk – Yatra
Wong, Cynthia Lee – new work
Wooten, Victor – new work
Young, Nina C. – new work
Zehavi, Oded – Piccolo Concerto
Zhou Long – Cello Concerto “Flowing Sleeves”
Zhou Long – Poems from Tang
Zhou Tian – Rise
Zhou Tian – Transcend (2)


SCORECARD

General Statistics
Orchestra Seasons Analyzed: 120
Total Performances of Works: 4047

Performances of Works by
Women Composers: 309 (8%)
Deceased Women Composers: 60 (1.5%)
Composers from Underrepresented
Racial, Ethnic, & Cultural
Heritages: 224 (6%)
Underrepresented
Composers: 458 (11%)
All Living Composers: 634 (16%)

Performances of Works by
Ludwig van Beethoven: 434 (10.5%)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 210 (5%)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: 147 (3.5%)
Johannes Brahms: 144 (3.5%)
Antonin Dvorak: 98 (2%)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: 96 (2%)
Maurice Ravel: 97 (2%)
Richard Strauss: 89 (2%)
Sergei Prokofiev: 83 (2%)
Gustav Mahler: 80 (2%)
Dmitri Shostakovich: 77 (2%)
Felix Mendelssohn: 77 (2%)

Performances of 3+ Works by
Beethoven: 56 orchestras (46%)
Mozart: 28 orchestras (23%)
Brahms: 12 orchestras (10%)
Tchaikovsky: 12 orchestras (10%)
Richard Strauss: 8 orchestras (7%)
Dvorak: 7 orchestras (6%)
J.S. Bach: 5 orchestras (4%)
Prokofiev: 5 orchestras (4%)
Ravel: 5 orchestras (4%)
Copland: 4 orchestras (3%)
Mahler: 4 orchestras (3%)
Stravinsky: 4 orchestras (3%)


How many works by composers from under-represented groups
should there be in a concert season?
Here are some minimum-per-season goals:

These minimum goals should be set for women composers and composers from underrepresented racial, ethnic, or cultural heritages separately so that each would have over 15% programming in a season.

These minimum goals should be set for women composers and composers from underrepresented racial, ethnic, or cultural heritages separately so that each would have over 15% programming in a season.


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