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


American Composers Forum Explores What the 19th Amendment Means for Women in Music in 2020

The American Composers Forum (ACF), in partnership with the media platform I CARE IF YOU LISTEN (ICIYL), has launched a new initiative called “UNEVEN MEASURES: Artists Reflect on the 19th Amendment in 2020.” The centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving white women the right to vote, provides an opportunity to celebrate this historic moment while highlighting the complexity of women’s suffrage and exclusion to participation, even in 2020. From August 18 (the ratification date) through the Presidential election on November 3, ACF and ICIYL are inviting artists to share what the 19th Amendment means to them through UNEVEN MEASURES, a series dedicated to advancing gender equity in 2020, and prioritizing racial equity.

Read the collaborative essay.

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. 

Listen to NPR’s Morning Edition feature

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.

Lucia Caruso, an Argentinian composer and pianist who lives in New York City, both stars in and scored the music for Forte, about three groundbreaking women in the arts.


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.

The Sorel Organization provided a grant for Emily’s tuition for NYU's summer Screen Scoring Workshop when she was 10 years old, the youngest participant ever, by far. She has gone on to become a a Billboard best-selling jazz pianist, songwriter, and multi-genre composer.

watch the segment

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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