Archive | May 2013

WIJSF News May 2013


Celebrating 6 years of Musical Service!   Join us, today!

As of May 1, 2013, we have 213 members102 musicians!

May 12th is Mother’s Day!  Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC

Please take the  MUSICIAN’S SURVEY

WIMUST Conference – July 4-7, 2013 – Fiuggi, Italy

jcpurple1From the Editor:  In light of the postponement of our International Musicwomen Festival & Conference to 2014, I received an invitation from Patricia Chiti of Donne in Musica to attend the WIMUST Conference in Fiuggi, Italy, July 4-7, 2013.

In an effort to get to Italy, I am asking members, family, friends, and supporters to help raise funds for my travel expenses to this important conference that will discuss the status of women musicians in Europe and the world.  Please donate at GoFundMe.

We appreciate each member and challenge you to bring in new members, who are musicians, composers, vocalists, or supporters.  Six years of service indicates our intent to stay alive and active!

Featured members: Lorna Lesperance, Cettina Donato, Dee Daniels, Mimi Johnson, Michael Serrano, Sharon Marie Cline, Ragan Whiteside, Lenore Raphael, Kathy Yolanda Rice, Nicki Mathis, Bertha Hope, and MEOWCon.


Members may submit photos, fliers, and announcements to Joan Cartwright at by the 28th of each month.

Lorna Lesperance, WIJSF National President


We thank our Immediate Past Board Members Wanda Trotter, Stan Alston, and Amanda Sedgwick for their service and encourage them to continue supporting our efforts to promote women musicians, globally.


  • Cettina Donato, International President
  • Lorna Lesperance, National President
  • Cleve Bryant, Vice President

Many thanks to Cleve Bryant for the photographs of Amazing Musicwomen!


WIJSF International President Cettina Donato conducts her orchestra

Upcoming concerts for Cettina Donato:

  • May 8 – La Feltrinelli Library, Palermo, Sicily, 6.00pm
  • July 1-12 – Perugia, Italy, Berklee Clinics at Umbria Jazz 2013





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Lenore Raphael on tour in London until May 4th


bertha-kimMay 10, 2013 – Judy Chaikin’s film THE GIRLS IN THE BAND will premiere
Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center, showing all day.

The BERTHA HOPE TRIO will perform at the reception before the showing @ 7 – 9 p.m. Last screening is at 9:15 p.m.

This movie reveals a lot about women’s presence in Jazz and is NOT to be missed!

Nicki Mathis

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 @ 7:30 –10:30 P.M. 

Green Street Trio


Northampton Jazz Workshop

The Loft at the Clarion Hotel

One Atwood Drive, Northampton, MA 01060-4272



Jus’ Cynthia performs at 19th Annual Unifest, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Lauderdale Lakes, FL

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The first DEE DANIELS VOCAL JAZZ WORKSHOP is coming this summer July 20 – 26! Join me in beautiful Sitka, Alaska for the inaugural Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Collaborating with me in the presentation of the workshop will be New York vocalist, composer, arranger, recording artist, and educator, Charenee Wade, who in 2010, was the first runner-up of the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Vocal Competition. REGISTER EARLY… spaces are limited! Contact Roger Schmidt, executive director of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp by email, by telephone at 907.747.3085, or mail: PO Box 3086, Sitka, Alaska 99835.

MEOW Con will feature nearly 100 female performers in all musical styles. All performances will be held at our host hotel, the Austin Renaissance during the day and in the evening.

Apply one of three ways:

There is a $30 non-refundable submission fee and artists will be chosen by a panel of industry experts. Selected performers will receive one complimentary full registration (does not include Woman of Valor Award Dinner), showcases passes for all band members and discounts for additional registrations.  Showcase slots are approximately half an hour, and you must be available to perform in Austin during the weekend of October 24, 25 or 26th, 2013.  [Website]

wijsflogo13Gathering great women musicians together, we put women musicians to work and get their music heard by multitudes!

WELCOME our newest members:



5/2/2013 4:00 PM EST

Carmen Caserta

5/9/2013 4:00 PM EST

Ellen Vanderslice

5/16/2013 4:00 PM EST

Bobbi Humphrey

5/23/2013 4:00 PM EST

Wanda Electric Lady Wilson


Michael “Duke” Serrano’s new radio show will feature music from WIJSF Compilation CDs of fabulous women composers.  Dialog: A Campus Forum, hosted by Michael “Duke” Serrano, features interviews with local community and political leaders, campus news, and current events.  Dialog is a forum for the Lehman community, where they can communicate about what’s happening on campus.  Dialog goes live Wednesday, May 1, 2013 @ 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. on the Internet at Lehman College, Bronx, NY.

Hear the original music of 10 fabulous female composers