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If you look at the listings of the major orchestras in America you will see two things in common; very few of them are programming major pieces by women composers, and almost none have a woman on the podium. Despite the abundance of wonderful compositions by women, the world of classical music has been, for centuries, a man’s world.

Winners Announced at New York’s Inaugural Female Composers’ Competition

1st Prize Winner, Emma O’Halloran from Ireland
1st Prize Winner, Emma O’Halloran from Ireland

The 2018 winners of the 1st Hildegard Competition have been announced.  The Hildegard Competition recognizes rising female and non-binary composers.

The 2018 1st prize winners are:

  • Emma O’Halloran (pictured here) from Ireland
  • X. Lee from the United States
  • Kayla Cashetta from the United States

Selected from 140 international applicants, each winner will receive US $7,000, intensive mentoring – and a New York City performance at the National Sawdust Theatre in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Learn more about the competition and the winners.