Author: Elizabeth Nonemaker
Elizabeth Nonemaker is a composer and arts journalist. She co-launched the arts publication Ampersand, and has worked for Children's Radio Foundation and KPCC's "The Frame." As a composer, her work has earned her residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.
I wondered about my own female role models in music – Marin Alsop, Julia Wolfe, Kaija Saariaho, Laurie Anderson. Was there a common thread that made them particularly inspiring to me? Or did they bring me some new idea of musicianship that I could not have gotten anywhere else?
The presenters at the 21CMposium have embarked on projects that help build the kind of musical world they want to live in. The specifics of their musical interests vary widely, but each cares for their community and shares a spirit of commitment to their creative vision.