Why Don't More Women Write for Orchestra?
ArtsHub asks a composer why it seems women seem to avoid writing many large-scale works. The answer gives insight into a systemic problem:
‘I have only written a handful of orchestral works during my career,’ said Boyd.
‘Women composers rarely have the opportunity to write for an ensemble of this size, which is sufficiently expensive that women composers are seen simply as too high a risk. With a very few exceptions, orchestral commissions more typically go to men,’ she said.
The lack of opportunities for female composers mean that women are considerably less likely to write works of scale, for a full orchestra, Boyd told ArtsHub.