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Orchestral Works by 7 American Women

Carolann Martin became the first woman to win first prize in the annual National Adult Conducting Competition held in La Cross, Wisconsin (1980). Martin aspired to a conducting career from the time of her initial studies in conducting as an undergraduate at Oklahoma City University. Her first experiences as a conductor were in the Oklahoma City public schools and the New Orleans music theaters. Since conducting opportunities for women were scarce, she developed a player's perspective of the profession, serving as cellist with the Oklahoma and Columbus Symphonies and the Chicago Chamber and Chicago Civic Orchestras.

After obtaining her master's degree at Ohio State University in 1969, Martin resumed conducting when she joined the faculty of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa to develop the opera program there. She completed a doctorate in cello and conducting at the University of Arizona in 1979. A champion or orchestral works by women composers, Martin has conducted many contemporary women's works as well as compositions by women of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

Martin was assistant conductor at the Eastern Music Festival for two summers and has been an active participant in the Summer Conducting Institute sponsored by the Conductor's Guild and the American Symphony Orchestra League. She has made guest conducting appearances in the Eastern, Midwestern, and Southwestern United States. Martin is affiliated with Pittsburg State University (Kansas), where she teaches, conducts, and performs with the Resident String Quartet. She is the conductor of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Iola Area Symphony, and the Mid-America Youth Symphony.

The Bournemouth Sinfonietta is one of the finest chamber orchestras in Great Britain. In addition to its regular concerts in the South and West of England, the Sinfonietta gives a number of concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London each year and appears in many festivals, including the Bath, Brighton, Edinburgh and English Bach Festivals. The orchestra has also appeared on British television and has recorded extensively for the BBC. Its many recordings have gained it international recognition.

Based in Hartford, Connecticut, Arioso was established in 1980 and now ranks among New England's foremost chamber ensembles. The group is composed of eleven string players and a keyboard player and often performs without a conductor in the tradition of Baroque chamber orchestras. Arioso is a winner of the Performers of Connecticut Competition and has been profiled on Connecticut Public Television. Each year the ensemble presents a concert series that is broadcast on Connecticut Public Radio. Perihelion II was performed by members Cynthia Treggor, Barbara Blumenschine, Karin Fagerburg, Rosalyn Gutterman, Candice Lammers, and Mary Semerzakis (violin); Arthur Masi and Michael Moody, (viola); Julie Charland and Andrew Graffam, (cello); and Robert Black, (bass).





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