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Organ Music Composed by Women

Women have been active as creators of music since antiquity, as demonstrated in the articles edited by Kimberly Marshall in her book, Rediscovering the Muses: Women's Musical Traditions. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1993.  Her own contribution to the collection assesses information in symbolic representations of female keyboard players during the 14th and 15th centuries.


To demonstrate the wide range of music for the organ created by women, Kimberly prepared the CD Divine Euterpe: 15th-20th Century Organ Music by Women Composers. This was recorded on the Rosales organ at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon and is distributed through Loft Recordings as LRCD 1021, 2000 (originally released by Gamut Recordings as GAMCD 539).


Kimberly is a strong advocate for music by women composers in our own time. She premiered Chen Yi’s Dunhuang Fantasy for organ and  orchestra at the 2000 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Seattle.  This was recorded as a CD with the Singapore Symphony on the BIS label in 2003.


In addition, she is a champion of the organ music of Margaret Sandresky, Professor Emerita of Salem College, in her home town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She has recorded Sandresky's Organ Mass (Divine Euterpe), and she performed Sandresky's "Dialogues for Organ and Strings" with the American Bach Soloists under the direction of Jeffrey Thomas for the Region IX Convention of the American Guild of Organists in San Francisco in 2011.  


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