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Gender Equity in Music Conference

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Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Rowe

Elizabeth Rowe is the principal flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  As a member of that world-class ensemble, her playing can be heard on numerous Grammy-award winning recordings.  The New York Times has called her a “divine flutist” and her playing “ravishing.”   In addition to her role as principal flutist, her artistic contributions to the orchestra include well over two dozen concerto appearances, and numerous chamber music performances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players.  She has also been a featured soloist on both national and international tours with the BSO, since joining the orchestra in 2004.

Elizabeth attracted international attention in 2018 when she filed an Equal Pay lawsuit against the orchestra.  The lawsuit, considered to be the first of its kind in her industry, was covered by the New York Times, the Boston Globe, NPR, CNN, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, and Slate.com, as well as numerous other national and international news outlets.  It ultimately led to an extensively researched article in the Washington Post that exposed a significant gender pay gap within the orchestral music industry.  Following this, the Boston Globe recognized her in its annual Bostonian of the Year feature, calling her “The Fighter.”   Elizabeth and the BSO successfully mediated the case in 2019, and she remains a dedicated member of the orchestra.

By shining a light on pay practices within her industry, Elizabeth’s actions continue to generate conversation and raise new questions within her field.  Katie Couric recently interviewed her for one of the first editions of the daily newsletter “Wake-up Call.”  Elizabeth joined other national leaders in the struggle for social justice at Ellevate Network’s 2019 Mobilize Women summit, speaking on a panel titled “Removing the Silence.”  And her recent TEDx talk, “The Lonely Onlys; Transformed by Imagination and Vulnerability” has added an additional, more personal,  dimension to her work as an advocate.

Elizabeth has spent years helping to educate and train aspiring flutists, through public masterclasses, private lessons, and her work at both the New England Conservatory of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center.  Beyond this work, she is committed to mentoring the next generations of musicians and artists, empowering them to skillfully navigate and courageously lead their industries.  She is also deeply interested in building bridges and fostering connections between people in all fields who seek to have an impact in their places of work.  

Conference Agenda

Please see the schedule below for titles and descriptions of workshop sessions

Time Overview of Activity Location
8:30 am to 9:30 am Conference Check-In Lowry Hall
9:30 am to 10:30 am Keynote: Elizabeth Rowe Kodak
10:30 am to 10:45 am Break  
10:45 am to 11:30 am Session 1 Various
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch (ticketed event) Sproull Atrium
12:30 pm to 1:15 pm Session 2 Various
1:15 pm to 1:30 pm Break  
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm Session 3 Various
2:15 pm to 2:30 pm Break  
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Facilitated Community Conversation Kodak Hall

Session 1 – TBA

Session 2 – TBA

Session 3 – TBA