JoAnn Falletta joins

Sorel Organization Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Sorel Organization is thrilled to welcome the acclaimed, Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta as its newest member. Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn is a vibrant trailblazer and inspiration for the advancement of women in the arts and the expansion of classical music’s canon. Her association with the Sorel Organization dates back to 1996 when her friend Claudette Sorel launched the foundation with JoAnn as a founding Advisory Board member.

About JoAnn Falletta


A New Album Re-Creates the Work of the First Known Female Composers in America

Women have been contributing to America’s musical life for centuries. The album Voices in the Wilderness, featuring music by 18th-century female composers in Pennsylvania’s Ephrata Cloister, is due out in Spring 2021. 

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Forte—A Film by David Donnelly, supported in part by The Sorel Organization, received its Washington DC premiere at The Kennedy Center on March 12, 2020.


Judy Cope

12.27.1958 - 9.18.2019

It is with heartfelt sadness that we share the news of the passing of Sorel Organization Executive Director Judy Cope on September 18, 2019 after a brave battle with brain cancer. Judy touched so many lives and careers through her spirited advocacy for women in music. The world is a dimmer place without her special light.

The Sorel Organization has established The Judy Cope Fund for Women in Music, with proceeds from the fund to further special projects in Judy’s memory. To contribute, click here.

Read Judy’s obituary in The New York Times.

Former Kid Piano Prodigy Emily Bear Returns to

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Settling the Score: Women Conductors Talk About the Slow Road to Equality

Eight of the world’s 100 top conductors are now women, compared to just

one in 2013

Composer Lera Auerbach dedicates the premiere performances of her work “Eva's Complaint - O Flowers That Will Never Blossom” for Orchestra, co-commissioned by The Sorel Organization, to the life of Judy Cope.

New Sorel Classics Release:

Pianist Anna Shelest surveys music by women composers of the last three centuries in her new album ‘Donna Voce’

First Prize Winner of the Sorel Medallion in Choral Composition Dobrinka Tabakova announced BBC Concert Orchestra new Composer In Residence

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