From the President


“I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose- there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?”

These words are attributed to an exceptionally gifted woman pianist at the age of 36. She never composed after this time. She went on to be one of the foremost concert pianists of her day, introducing nineteenth century audiences to the music of J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and others, being one of the first concert hall performers to perform entirely from memory, a respected teacher at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, mother to seven living children, champion of the talents of Brahms and the violinist Joseph Joachim and devoted wife to a brilliant man who struggled with debilitating mental illness. At times, she was the sole breadwinner in her family.

Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896) was a trailblazer for the talented women of today. In 2019 we will celebrate the bicentennial of her birth. Despite the sentiments expressed in the opening of this letter, members of Women In Music will present at least two of Clara’s compositions on our public programs this season.

In 1882, when Women In Music-Columbus formed as the Women’s Music Club, Clara Schumann was still an active performer. Let us celebrate the legacy of this woman, and the ladies who formed Women In Music, by supporting our members and all those who share their time and talents. Let us make sure no person of talent ever makes such a statement as Clara, or feels they cannot have their expectations fulfilled to their greatest extent. Come listen to the music, help with one of the scholarship competitions or children’s programs, join a committee, host a Musicale! Compose, conduct, perform!

Anne-Marie Slater, President