Event celebrates women in music

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PEMBROKE — A musical first is scheduled for March 1 and March 2 at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

That’s when the campus will play host to the inaugural Darkwater Women in Music Festival. The festival will be a celebration of women in music scholarship, women in music performance and composition and women in music business through papers, panels and performances with two events running concurrently throughout the festival.

There will be presentations on research topics ranging from military bands to Fergie. It will show amazing, but under-performed, music by women from across the United States who submitted to a call and were chosen by a committee of academics and musicians not affiliated with UNCP.

Sarah Busman, UNCP flute professor, started the Darkwater festival to continue to introduce the student body to compositions by women, following the success of last year’s Women in Music recital.

“We’re starting something awesome right here at UNCP, and we want our UNCP community to be on the front lines supporting women in music,” Busman.

The keynote speaker will be Elena Ruehr, an award-winning faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her oeuvre includes chamber ensemble compositions, orchestra, chorus, wind ensemble, instrumental solo, opera, dance and silent film.

The festival will take place throughout the campus, but mainly in Moore Hall with the reception in UC Annex. Check-in will open at 3 p.m. on March 1. The first event will begin at 4 p.m. and conclude with a 7 p.m. concert and reception. The festival will resume at 9 a.m. on March 2 and wrap up with a 5 p.m. business meeting.

Pre-register online at https://uncp.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9SSFlknGa7RFkZ7 or during check-in on the festival’s first day. Registration includes entrance to all events and a dessert reception the first night. General admission is $40, $30 for unaffiliated scholars or performers, and $20 for students.

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