American Women Pianist-Composers
A Celebration of Amy Beach & Teresa Carreño
University of New Hampshire
September 15 and 16, 2017
At the end of the nineteenth century, Amy Beach (1867–1944) and Teresa Carreño (1853–1917) stood at the vanguard of a growing number of American women pianist-composers who cut new paths in the art music world as they navigated expectations placed on Victorian women. In the process, they became role models for a generation of “new women” who were coming of age in a time of social struggle and emerging opportunity. Beach and Carreño traversed more than invisible gender barriers. As they traveled between such locales as the United States and Europe, and in Carreño’s case, South America, Africa, and Australia, their careers both reflected and shaped a web of transnational connections at the height of European colonialism.
In the year that marks Beach’s 150th birthday and the centennial of Carreño’s death, the University of New Hampshire Special Collections will host a conference to celebrate the lives and worlds of these two women.
Program Day 1 (Friday, 15 September)
Program Day 2 (Saturday, 16 September)