The Philadelphia Orchestra Showcase for Works by Women Composers

The Philadelphia Orchestra and American Composers Orchestra (ACO) will partner for a one-day showcase on September 6, 2018, during which the Orchestra will rehearse works by six women composers as part of a collaborative working session. The selected composers, all of whom have been commissioned previously through ACO’s programs, will have their works read and recorded by The Philadelphia Orchestra in a rehearsal led by Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, the composers will participate in meetings with Orchestra leadership and roundtable conversations with the Orchestra’s Artistic Committee and mentor composers, and will receive feedback from co-facilitators, ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and native Philadelphian Melinda Wagner.

The six invited composers––selected from the alumnae of ACO's Underwood, EarShot, and Jazz Composer Orchestra Institute programs––will travel to Philadelphia to work collaboratively with the Orchestra. The composers are Melody Eötvös (2014 Underwood New Music Readings), Hilary Purrington (2017 Underwood New Music Readings), Chen-Hui Jen (2012 EarShot Readings San Diego Symphony), Robin Holcomb (2016 Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings Naples Philharmonic), Xi Wang (2010 Underwood New Music Readings); and Nina C. Young (2013 Underwood New Music Readings).

This score-reading session is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary. Seatings will happen approximately every 30-40 minutes between pieces. For more information:

Rehearsal Schedule:

10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Xi Wang: Above Light, a conversation with Toru Takemitsu
Hilary Purrington: Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky
Nina C. Young: Excerpts from Agnosco Veteris, for orchestra
Melody Eötvös: The Saqqara Bird, for Symphony Orchestra

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Melody Eötvös: The Saqqara Bird, for Symphony Orchestra
Chen-Hui Jen: in eternal dusk, for orchestra
Robin Holcomb: All the While, Suite for Orchestra


I am delighted to have been invited to perform as part of Father Daughter #14 along with Cruel Diagonals and Project Metamorphosis.

Wednesday April 12 at 7:30

Father Daughter Presents is an ongoing series dedicated to ambient music and visuals, held on the second Monday of every other month at The Royal Room.

"As we watch the decline of Western Civilization into a new Dark Ages we have not lost hope! For this Father Daughter…Number 14 we are proud and tickled pink to present you with an evening of field recordings, ethereal wailing, angelic walls of a sound, and feelings of being in the Appalachians on a dark and quite mysterious night. All this and more will be paired with existential visuals of life on this planet we call Earth."

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Friday March 17th at ROULETTE in Brooklyn I will be joined by some of my favorite musicians: Guy Klucevsek, Sara Schoenbeck and Peggy Lee for a performance of songs, instrumental works and a concert version of my score for Yasujiro Ozu's masterpiece "That Night's Wife." 

Robin Holcomb – Piano, Voice
Peggy Lee – Cello
Sara Schoenbeck – Bassoon
Guy Klucevsek – Accordion

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017 @ 8:00 PM


About the Series: Curated by Meredith Monk features performers selected by Monk who are following his or her own path, asking questions, finding places that fall between the cracks of genres or categories. 

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    32nd Annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival: February 2 - 4

    Very excited to be playing two nights in the 32nd annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival: Thursday February 2 with Heather Bentley (viola/violin, Seattle) & Nicole Mitchell (flute, Chicago via SoCal) and Friday February 3 with Douglas Ewart (woodwinds, Minneapolis)  and Catherine Lee (oboe, Portland)!

    Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

    4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

    Doors open early each evening for a Merch Mart with performances at 8.

    The festival runs THREE nights. Many wonderful players participating this year!

    Details on performances and other festival activities:

    A Tribute to Woody Guthrie

    I'm looking forward to singing a few of the great songs from the Woody Guthrie songbook on April 13 at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle as part of the "Woody Guthrie and His Month of Song" project presented by Underwood Stables. More information on the shows page.


    Upcoming Shows!

    I'll be playing a series of upcoming shows in March. See the Shows page for details.

    I’ll be a featured performer in the Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting March 25th-26th.  See the Shows page for more information.

    My new work for orchestra will be premiered by the Naples (FL) Philharmonic as part of American Composer’s Orchestra Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute New Music Readings in late May. Details here:

    ©2016 Robin Holcomb