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Orchestra Season Data.

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: 77 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 & Composers from Underrepresented Racial, Ethnic, or Cultural Heritages

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.
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 – Cello Concerto
Adolphe, Julia – new work
Assad, Clarice – Double Guitar Concerto
Assad, Clarice – Suite for Lower Strings
Auerbach, Lera – Icarus (3)
Auerbach, Lera – new work
Bacewicz, Grazyna – Concerto for String Orchestra
Bacewicz, Grazyna – Overture
Balch, Katie – like a broken clock
Björk – Virus, Joga, All is Full of Love, and Undo
Boulanger, Lili – Of a Sad Evening (6)
Boulanger, Lili – Of a Spring Morning (11)
Chen Yi – Ge Xu (Antiphony)
Chin, Unsuk – Cello Concerto
Chin, Unsuk – Sheng Concerto
Clyne, Anna – Masquerade (5)
Clyne, Anna – new work
Clyne, Anna – Restless Oceans
Clyne, Anna – RIFT
Clyne, Anna – This Midnight Hour (5)
Clyne, Anna – Within Her Arms (2)
Coleman, Valerie – Phenomenal Women
Coleman, Valerie – Umoja
Dabic, Jelena – Beethaphrase
Damström, Cecilia – Tundo!
Di Castri, Zosha – Lineage
Diemer, Emma Lou – Homage to Tchakovsky
Elkington, Lillian - Out of the Mist
Esmail, Reena – Teen Murti
Esmail, Reena – new work
Esmail, Reena – Sitar Concerto
Esmail, Reena – This Love Between Us
Farrenc, Louise – Nonet in E-flat Major
Farrenc, Louise – Overture
Farrenc, Louise – Symphony No. 2
Fisher, Salina – Rainphase (2)
Firsova, Elena – The Garden of Dreams: Hommage to Shostakovich
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Concertina Cusqueño (2)
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Conquest Requiem
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
Frank, Gabriela Lena – new work
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Three Latin American Dances
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Walkabout: Concerto for Orchestra
Fung, Vivian – Dust Devils (3)
Fung, Vivian – Fanfare
Fung, Vivian – Pizzicato
Fung, Vivian – Trumpet Concerto
Garrop, Stacy – Pandora Undone
Giteck, Janice – Potlatch Symphony 2020
Grime, Helen – Everyone Sang
Gubaidulina, Sofia – Fairytale Poem
Gubaidulina, Sofia – Offertorium
Higdon, Jennifer – All Things Majestic (2)
Higdon, Jennifer – blue cathedral (7)
Higdon, Jennifer – Concerto 4-3 (2)
Higdon, Jennifer – Concerto for Orchestra (3)
Higdon, Jennifer – Concerto for Harp and Orchestra
Higdon, Jennifer – Low Brass Concerto (2)
Higdon, Jennifer – Soliloquy for Cello and String Orchestra
Higdon, Jennifer – Viola Concerto
Higdon, Jennifer – Violin Concerto
Holcomb, Robin – new work
Holmes, Augusta – La Nuit et l’Amour
Hunt, Jessica – new work
Jolas, Betsy – A Little Summer Suite
Kendall, Hannah – The Spark Catchers
Kuster, Kristen – Moxie
Larsen, Libby – Deep Summer Music
León, Tania – new work
Loiacono, Loren – new work
Mazzoli, Missy – Dark with Excessive Bright for Double Bass and Orchestra (2)
Mazzoli, Missy – Holy Roller
Mazzoli, Missy – Orpheus Undone
Mazzoli, Missy – River Rouge Transfiguration
Mazzoli, Missy – Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) (3)
Mazzoli, Missy – These Worlds in Us
McTee, Cindy – Circuits
McTee, Cindy – Einstein’s Dreams
Mendelssohn, Fanny – Overture in C Major (4)
Montgomery, Jessie – new work
Montgomery, Jessie – Records from a Vanishing City (2)
Montgomery, Jessie – Starburst (3)
Musgrave, Thea – Rainbow
Negrón, Angelica - new work
Neuwirth, Olga – Aello—ballet mecanomorphe
Neuwirth, Olga – Masaot/Clocks Without Hands
Neuwirth, Olga – new work
Okoye, Nkeiru – Black Bottom
Ortiz, Gabriela – new work
Poteat, Angelique – Cello Concerto
Poteat, Angelique – new work for Youth Chorus and Orchestra
Price, Florence – Dances in the Canebrakes (2)
Price, Florence – Mississippi River Suite
Price, Florence – Piano Concerto in One Movement (3)
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
Reid, Ellen – new work
Reid, Ellen – Petrichor
Saariaho, Kaija – Ciel d'hiver
Saariaho, Kaija – new work
Schumann, Clara – Piano Concerto (2)
Šerkšnytė, Raminta – De Profundis
Šerkšnytė, Raminta – Fires
Shaw, Caroline – Entre’acte
Shaw, Caroline – The Listeners
Shaw, Caroline – new work
Shaw, Caroline – Red, Red Rose
Sigfúsdóttir, María – Clockworking
Smith, Gabriela – Field Guide
Smith, Gabriela – new work (2)
Smyth, Dame Ethel – Concerto for Horn and Violin
Smyth, Dame Ethel – On the Cliffs of Cornwall
Snider, Sarah Kirkland – new work
Snider, Sarah Kirkland – Something for the Dark (2)
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 – EOS (Goddess of the Dawn)
Thorvaldsdottir, Anna – Metacosmos
Tietz, Dacey – Adventurous Voyage
Tower, Joan – Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Tower, Joan – Last Dance
Tower, Joan – Made in America (2)
Tower, Joan – Yet Another Set of Variations (on a Theme by Paganini)(4)
Ustvolskaya, Galina – Piano Concerto
Ustvolskaya, Galina – Symphonic Poem No. 2
Wang Jie – Death of Socrates
Wang, Sydney – new work
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 (3)
Wolfe, Julia – Fuel
Wolfe, Julia – new work (2)
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
Assad, Clarice – Double Guitar Concerto
Assad, Clarice – Suite for Lower Strings
Barba, Enrico Chapela – new work
Bunch, Kenji – Chorus Mysticus
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
Contreras, Juan Pablo – new work
D’Rivera, Paquito – new trumpet concerto
Esmail, Reena – Teen Murti
Esmail, Reena – new work
Esmail, Reena – Sitar Concerto
Esmail, Reena – This Love Between Us
Ellington, Duke – Harlem
Ellington, Duke – New World a’ Comin’
Ellington/Strayhorn – Nutcracker Suite (2)
Elsaffar, Amir – Sounds of the Middle East
Estévez, Antonio – Melodía en el Llano (2)
Fairouz, Mohammed – An Affirming Flame
Fisher, Salina – Rainphase
Flores, Pacho – Morocota
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Concertina Cusqueño (2)
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Conquest Requiem
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
Frank, Gabriela Lena – new work
Frank, Gabriela Lena – Three Latin American Dances
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)
Habibi, Iman – new work
Haddad, Saad – new work
Hailstork, Adolphus – An American Port of Call (2)
Hailstork, Adolphus – Symphony No. 1
Huang Ruo – Folk Songs for Orchestra
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
Lee III, James – Amer’ican
Lee III, James – Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula (3)
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 – Danzon No. 2 (4)
Marsalis, Wynton – Blues Symphony
Marsalis, Wynton – Violin Concerto
Montgomery, Jessie – new work
Montgomery, Jessie – Records from a Vanishing City (2)
Montgomery, Jessie – Starburst (3)
Negrón, Angelica - new work
Nobre, Marlos – Kabbalah
Okoye, Nkeiru – Black Bottom
Ortiz, Gabriela – new work
Piazzolla, Astor – Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas
Piazzolla, Astor – Libertango (3)
Piazzolla, Astor – Tangazo
Piazzolla, Astor – The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (7)
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 – The Oak
Price, Florence – Symphony No. 3
Price, Florence – Symphony No. 4
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 – Festive Overture (2)
Still, William Grant – Mother and Child
Still, William Grant – Poem (2)
Still, William Grant – Symphony No. 1
Syrse, Diana – Colección de Realidades
Takemitsu, Toru – Requiem for String Orchestra
Tan Dun — Excerpts from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Tan Dun – Pipa Concerto
Tao, Conrad – Oneiroi (2)
Tchaikovsky (arr. J. Montgomery) – The Seasons
Villa-Lobos, Heitor – Bachianas brasileiras No. 5: Aria
Villa-Lobos, Heitor – Uirapurú
Walker, George – Icarus in Orbit
Walker, George – Lilacs
Walker, George – Lyric for Strings (6)
Wang Jie – Death of Socrates
Wang Jie – Symphonic Overture "America the Beautiful" (2)
Wang, Sydney – new work
Wijeratne, Dinuk – Yatra
Williams, Mary Lou – Selections from Zodiac Suite
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


SCORECARD

General Statistics
Orchestra Seasons Analyzed: 77
Total Performances of Works: 3046

Performances of Works by
Women Composers: 212
Composers from Underrepresented
Racial, Ethnic, & Cultural Heritages: 171
Underrepresented Composers: 325

Performances of Works by
Ludwig van Beethoven: 329
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 140
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: 102
Johannes Brahms: 99
Antonin Dvorak: 81
Sergei Rachmaninoff: 68
Richard Strauss: 65
Maurice Ravel: 65
Sergei Prokofiev: 61
Dmitri Shostakovich: 59

Performances of 3+ Works by
Beethoven: 41 orchestras
Brahms: 8 orchestras
Dvorak: 7 orchestras
Mozart: 20 orchestras
Mahler: 3 orchestras
Prokofiev: 5 orchestras
Ravel: 4 orchestras
Sibelius: 3 orchestras
Richard Strauss: 6 orchestras
Stravinsky: 3 orchestras
Tchaikovsky: 9 orchestras


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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