Event—Adult Education

Exploring the Musical Worlds of Female Composers from the Sixteenth Century to the Present

In this course, we will develop our awareness of female composers of the past 500 years.

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

Seminar Description

In this course, we will develop our awareness of female composers of the past 500 years. We will open our eyes--and ears--to a series of marvelous musical compositions that have rarely been recognized or heard due to social mores that made it difficult for female composers to gain the publicity or recognition they deserved.

Six sessions. Registration – $230

Stephen Kleiman has been teaching at the Newberry for 14 years. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music in New York and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Over the course of his extensive career, he has been a conductor, composer, and musical educator.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this seminar.

First Reading:

  • There is no required reading for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.