WOSU Classical 101 Publishes “Women of Brass” Series for Women’s History Month


There’s nothing quite like the thrill of hearing the words “International Women’s Brass Conference” on public radio!

This month, in honor of Women’s History Month, central Ohio’s Classical 101 radio station has been publishing an excellent series. The station’s “Women of Brass” has  featured the Seraph Brass, the Stiletto Brass, and Genghis Barbie so far, and has aired recordings by female brass musicians on Saturdays and Tuesdays all month. It’s great to see a prominent radio station supporting women brass musicians so overtly; classical radio shies away from innovation and mold-breaking. Shout-out to WOSU for proving that needs not be the case.


Hanae Yoshida, Trombone and Cristina Cutts Dougherty, Tuba Perform at YoungArts 2017

A highlight of this year’s National YoungArts Week (January 8-15) was Hanae Yoshida and Cristina Cutts Dougherty’s dynamic performance of John Stevens’ Dialogues for Tuba and Trombone (1983):

These young women’s beautiful playing is evidence that the future of brass music is surely female!  Congratulations for Hanae and Cristina on your lovely performance.

All-Female Street Bands: Brass Chicks Hit the Streets

The Original Pinettes Brass Band, via Milford Street

This past October, WBUR Boston published a great story about The Original Pinettes in anticipation of the band’s Honk! performance. All-female brass bands are a growing phenomenon, bringing the awesomeness of women playing brass to festivals, parades, and the streets.  This blog has historically focused on classical and jazz performers, but I want to take this opportunity to branch out and highlight these incredible musicians!

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