Greenwich Pen Women, a branch of the National League of American Pen Women, is a non-profit organization of women artists, writers, and musicians. We offer mutual support and exchange of ideas to encourage and inspire excellence in original creative work.
"Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain so yellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a young and a callow fellow
Try to remember and if you remember
Then follow--follow, oh-oh."
~ ~ Try to Remember, Lyrics by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
Note from our President:
August 22, 2020
Dear Greenwich Pen Women,
Call me Pollyanna, but I’m beginning to see some benefits to the way we’ve all been forced to adapt to circumstances due to the pandemic. Some exciting things have been happening during August which will bring about new opportunities for all of our Pen Women to connect with other, present their work in a new way and for all of us to enjoy each other’s company and artistic creations!
Leading us in adapting is our own Ida Angland, founder and Director of the Gateway Symphony, who has had no symphony to conduct during COVID; instead, inspired by a 2019 GPW program which highlighted the 100th anniversary of our country’s Suffragist women, she wrote a poem and set it to her original composition. This musical piece was to be introduced on August 26th in Central Park at the unveiling of a monumental sculpture honoring the suffragists, the only monument in Central Park honoring real women, (as opposed to fictional female figures). Ida’s stirring anthem remarks on the suffering and hardships of women through the ages to win equality in the workplace and the world.
Attendance at the ceremony, especially singing, became COVID restricted, so Ida has had her composition, called “Daunting is the Woman,” pre-recorded by soloists, whose voices are being digitally blended professionally. She will be inviting the Greenwich Pen Women to join in the virtual on-line premiere of her anthem, and we will be invited to sing along with it, recording ourselves, if we wish to. Details will be forthcoming in a separate emailed invitation.
We will also be extending the celebration of the Suffragists’ 100th anniversary by holding a GPW Zoom session in September. All GPW poets and writers will be invited to read their original poems, essays and/or articles about the Suffragists/celebrations. This will be recorded and archived. Look for an emailed invitation.
In October we are planning a GPW Zoom Poetry Reading from poems in Women’s Voices of the 21st Century, a 2013 poetry book published by our own GPW branch. Poets will be invited to sign up to read their own work. The session will be recorded and archived by the GPW. Deb Weir, who chaired the project, will be offering copies of the book for free to members.
Adrienne Reedy and Kathy DiGiovanna have both volunteered to lead virtual book group discussions, in conjunction with the Perrot Library, one in September and one in October. Book titles and dates to be confirmed in a future email.
These are some of several opportunities coming along that will be new for us! We are coming to understand that we can now gather together in ways that we would not have had the flexibility to do if we were trying to meet in person, especially so many times per month. The ideas that have bubbled up in September are just the beginning of new ways we can find to meet and support each other and our creative projects. If you have an idea for a Zoom session that you would like to pursue, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s make the very best of our new situation!
~ ~ Lee
GPW President Lee Paine
Spotlight: Julie Dolphin
I’ve been performing and composing in various idioms, as well as teaching (piano and Spanish), for many years. My undergrad degree is in Theory and Composition from Hunter College, and my grad degree is in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University. My musical style draws from classical Western forms and world music, as well as the rhythms of both jazz and Bartók. Hitch-hiking alone through Central America taught me much about stuff other than music.
Since 2015, I’ve been a featured soloist with organist Anthony Newman at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, NY. In addition to performing weekly the works of Bach et al., and original compositions of Dr. Newman’s, I’ve also been a part of the Bedford Chamber Concerts (https://bedfordchamberconcerts.org/). During the spring of 2019, we performed the Bach Magnificat, along with a period-instrument ensemble led by Dr. Newman.
During the spring of 2019, my work for three-part women’s ensemble, “Afternoon on a Hill,” had several performances by Angelica Women’s Voices, an ensemble founded by Johanna Maria Rose of Anonymous 4. In December 2019, Angelica also commissioned and performed “Lullaby After Christmas” for three-part choir and harp.
In February 2020, before the world stopped, my a cappella setting of “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” was workshopped and performed by ten high school choirs as part of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival.
I’m currently working on a quarantine version of “Heart of God,” with text by the New York poet, Vachel Lindsay. Also, I’m awaiting further communications from the far future for a piece based on fragments received through a special aluminum foil head covering, to be called “teh soul cries out,” for voice and kalimba.
Check me out here: https://soundcloud.com/riverside-j-1
My choral settings of texts by Federico García Lorca, Teresa de Avila, E. E. Cummings, Dorothy Parker, Robert Frost, W.S. Merwin, Walt Whitman, and others, have been performed in venues all around New York City, including world premieres at Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and are featured on “From Sorrow Free”, and “Hoping It Might Be So,” CD’s recorded by Charis Chamber Voices, directed by Susanne Peck.
I’ve been commissioned by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Angelica Women’s Voices, The Church of Saint Teresa de Avila, The South Windsor Chorus, The North Cambridge Folk Opera, and for private wedding ceremonies. “Stone Soup: A Mini-Oratorio Containing a Denial, And a Seduction in the Form of a Tango,” was commissioned by Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, directed by Kristina Boerger, and received its premiere in New York in 2009, and an encore performance in 2012. A choral work based on Sonnet LXV was commissioned by The Glass Menagerie for the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.)
As a soprano, I’ve sung and toured with The Waverly Consort, Voices of Ascension, Musica Sacra, The New York Virtuoso Singers, Pro Arte Singers, Music in a Sacred Space, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Early Music New York, and The San Francisco Symphony. I’ve performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group at BAM; the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center; the Verbier Music Festival, in Switzerland, the Bard Summerscape series, and toured Europe with Musica Viva.
Contact Julie at: email@example.com