SHE Festival of Women in Music

SHE Festival of Women in Music
A festival celebrating the achievements and contributions of women in music.

The SHE Festival returns for its fourth year! Again this year SHE is presented viturally via Zoom and YouTube.

The SHE Festival of Women in Music is possible thanks to generous funding from the Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences and the University of Arkansas Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Special thanks to Dr. Yvette Murphy-Urby, Dr. Todd Shields, and Dr. Ronda Mains for their continued support. 

Following the tradition on campus, the 2022 SHE Festival again begins and ends with collage concerts. The Faculty Collage premieres on YouTube at 3:00pm on Sunday, March 13. The Student Collage closes the festival with a premiere on YouTube at 4:00pm on Thursday, March 17. Both events can be found at

The guests for the 2022 SHE Festival are Dr. Chihchun Chi-sun Lee and Johanny Navarro. Each composer-in-residence presents two events for the festival, all open to the public via Zoom, registration required. 

Guest Artists & Events 

Sunday, March 13

3:00pm | live premiere at
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SHE Festival Directory

The 2022 SHE Festival Faculty Collage includes music by a wide array of composers performed by UARKMusic faculty. The composers featured include Yvonne Desportes, Jenni Brandon, Amy Beach, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Johanny Navarro, Susan Mutter, and Marina Dranishnikova. 

This amazing concert is presented by Theresa Delplain, Miroslava Panayotova, Lia Uribe, Eric Troiano, Tomoko Kashiwagi, Helen Becqué, Lenora Green-Turner, Cory Mixdorf, Asher Armstrong, and Katey J. Halbert.

 Sunday, March 13

7:00pm | Composer-in-Residence Talk with Chihchun Chi-sun Lee
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Chihchun Chi-sun Lee Talk

Monday, March 14

7:00pm | Composition Masterclass with Chihchun Chi-sun Lee
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Chihchun Chi-sun Lee Talk

Alyssa Morris

Chihchun Chi-sun Lee 李志純 치천 지선 리

Taiwanese-American composer, CHIHCHUN CHI-SUN LEE’s works were described as “eye-openingly, befittingly, complex, but rather arresting to hear” by Boston Globe, “exploring a variety of offbeat textures and unusual techniques” by Gramophone and “eastern techniques blended with sophisticated modern writing style” by “Amadeus” Il mensile della grande musica. The winner of the 1st Biennial Brandenburg Symphony International Composition Competition in Germany and 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, is originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  She has received numerous honors; these include commissions from the Boston Symphony Orchestra (the 1st Taiwanese and the 4th Asian composer), Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University (2018 & 2001), Barlow Endowment, the Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (NTSO), National Orchestra of Korea (NOK) and Taiwan National Chinese Orchestra, Theodore Front Prize from International Alliance for Women in Music, ISCM/ League of Composers Competition, International Festival of Women Composers Composition Prize, Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, Gugak Fellowship, and the Golden Melody Awards nomination for “best composer” (2019 & 2009). In 2017, she was honored with an Alumni Achievement Award in Music in Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Music at Ohio University’s 100th anniversary of music department.

Lee has written more than 40 compositions for traditional Chinese/Korean/Japanese instruments. Some of her most significant performances have included Carnegie Hall and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, Muzički Biennale Zagreb, Svensk Musikvår – Festivalen för Svensk Konstmusik, Tage Für Aktuelle Musik, ISCM-Musicarama, Randfestspiele, INTERCICLOS Festival Internacional de Música Nueva en Querétaro, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival, ARKO Contemporary Orchestra Music Festival and Shanghai New Music Week, as well as with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Förderverein Brandenburger Symphoniker (Germany), Philharmonia Bulgarica, Kiev Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech), Limeira Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), Korean Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, NeoQuartet and Kwartludium (Poland), Les Temps Modernes (France), Ensemble Phorminx (Germany), Keuris Quartet (the Netherlands), Duo Harpverk (Iceland), Pacific Quartet Vienna (Austria), just to name a few. In addition, her music has had numerous performances and broadcasts worldwide in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Costa Rica, Ukraine, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, and around the United States (including Hawaii).  Her works appear on CDs from the SONY, Albany, Capstone, ERMedia’s Masterworks (Naxos), Ravello Records/PARMA, Delos, NACUSA, OdaeO and Korea Arts Council in Korea, Celebrity Music Pte. Ltd. in Singapore, Taiwan National Theater & Concert Hall PAR, Himalaya Record Co. Ltd,  ACL-Taiwan, ISCM-Taiwan Glorious Pantheons Production and Ambisdom Inc in Taiwan.  Publications related to Lee’s music can be found in 20th Century Asian Composers’ Biographies, World Music: Traditions and Transformations, Advanced Techniques of Piri, Taiwanese contemporary music composers’ interview for Chinese traditional instruments (1970-2011), Shuangshi Music Forum, The Development of Taiwan’s New Music Composition after 60’s in the 20th Century and Forum of Current Zheng Music Education Practical Affairs in Taiwan. 

Wednesday, March 16

4:00pm | Composition Masterclass with Johanny Navarro
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Composition Masterclass

7:00pm | "Cronicas de una Compositriz" Culture + Design with Johanny Navarro
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Navarrow Talk

Phyllis Lewis-HaleJohanny Navarro

Young composer, Johanny Navarro, is one of the exceptional artists of her generation. Navarro has been commissioned by celebrated soloists Elisa Torres, Luis Miguel Rojas, and Andrea González Caballero; various ensembles such as The Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra, the American Harp Society Inc., Coralia from the University of Puerto Rico, and the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. Chosen by The Arts Club of Washington D.C. for its centennial celebration, her piece Celebration for piano trio (2016) was presented as a commemorative musical piece.

Videntes Stellam for choir and orchestra (2016) was premiered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. and televised by the Catholic Television Network, EWTN. With this majestic and colorful work, the composer made her debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Roselín Pabón, at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum. Produced by the composer, her first chamber opera Frenesí (2017) premiered in Washington D.C. and later in Puerto Rico. Navarro was chosen to participate in the Puccini International Opera Composition Course in Luca, Italia; mentored by composer and director Giralomo Deraco.

Johanny Navarro carries an ample catalog of works rich in variety and deeply rooted in Caribbean musical aesthetics, essentially the Puerto Rican musical culture.

Her work has been presented in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, United States, Spain, and France.

Currently, Navarro is composing her opera ¿Y los Pasteles? Ópera Jíbara in two acts which was awarded the 2020 Discovery Grants of the Opera Grants for Female Composers of Opera America.

Thursday, March 17

4:00pm | SHE Student Collage
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SHE Student Collage

The 2022 SHE Festival Student Collage features music by Alexandra Pakhmutova, Florence Price, Meredith Monk, Clara Schumann, Lori Laitman, Susan Mutter,  Maria Giacchino Cusenza, Jenni Brandon, Esperanza Spalding, and Stacy Garrop. An amazing assortment of musics, UARKMusic students Megan Park, Markell Cox, Leah Foster, Dekarius Dawson, Sophia Lopez, DJ Talbot,  Zoie Benton, Sampson Parker, Mickel Gordon, Michael Lindsey, the UA Saxophone Ensemble, and the UA Community Horn Choir perform these works for a live YouTube premiere.


2021 SHE Festival of Women in Music

2020 SHE Festival of Women in Music (book)

2019 Inaugural SHE Festival of Women in Music (book)