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      The University of Michigan seeks presentations on the history of women in bellfounding for the 2018 U-M Organ Conference. Please refer to the guidelines below and share widely.

      Trailblazers: Women’s Impact on Organ, Harpsichord, Carillon and Sacred Music
      Submission deadline: February 1, 2018
      Conference dates: September 30-October 2, 2018
      URL: http://smtd.umich.edu/performances_events/organconference/proposals.htm
      University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – 58th Annual Organ Conference

      Women have established distinguished careers as performers, composers, educators, and builders of the organ, harpsichord, and carillon. They have faced unique challenges in their professions and forged new paths, from the harpsichord works of Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre to the prolific recording career of Jeanne Demessieux to women keyboard builders today. The importance and scope of women’s contributions, systematically overlooked, has yet to be adequately reevaluated or put in dialogue with current gender issues in the professions.

      The University of Michigan invites proposals exploring women’s impact on the disciplines of organ, harpsichord, carillon and sacred music, including both historical studies and the presentation of new works. Proposals for presentations in diverse formats are encouraged, including performances, lectures and lecture-recitals. The conference topic is inclusive of all individuals who identify as female or non-binary. Proposals are invited from persons of all gender identities.

      Proposed events should be from 50 to 55 minutes in length. A stipend of $700 is available for each presentation selected, which may be shared by collaborating presenters. Presenters will be responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. Available performance instruments include the E.M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner organ in Hill Auditorium, the Fisk organ in the style of Gottfried Silbermann in Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, the carillons in Burton Tower and Lurie Tower, and a variety of harpsichords.

      Deadline for proposals: February 1, 2018

      Submission guidelines:

      Best regards,
      Tiffany Ng, Ph.D.
      Assistant Professor of Carillon & University Carillonist
      University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

    • #25953

      The California Bell Foundry was ran by a woman and a woman successor. They mad bells for many years. I think it is still going.

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      Carolyn Whitlock

      Nightflier51 is right. John Kolstad of the California Bell Co. has posted the following on the website of the California Missions Resource Center:

      In about 1893, when interest in “saving” the old Spanish missions was gathering steam, Ms. Anna Pitcher of the woman’s club of Los Angeles proposed that the historic trail of the mission era (El Camino Real) be preserved. By 1904 a plan had taken shape and a group of women formed the El Camino Real Association. This ultimately led to the creation of large marker bells, some 400 of which were placed along the highway and at each mission. One of the key movers and shakers in this effort was Mrs. A.S.C. Forbes. She and her husband Armitage Forbes started a manufacturing company to produce both the large marker bells and various size and type smaller bells. She ran the company for 20 years after he died.

      http://www.missionscalifornia.com/ate/have-collection-old-bells-can-help-find-out-anything-about-bell-collection-or-refer-someone” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”

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