Who are the women in music who inspire you?
NEC faculty, staff, and students share women who inspire them — from the past, present, and future of music!
This year's Women's History Month reflections are complete with a Spotify playlist, words of inspiration from Erica Washburn and Christina Davis, and a very special item from the NEC archives.
Who's a woman in music who inspires you?
In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, the NEC community shared their answers to this question via social media. Their answers included NEC faculty members like HaeSun Paik, Kim Kashkashian, and Karen Holvik, great artists from history from to contemporary artists ranging from Cardi B to Esperanza Spalding to Maria Schneider to Dolly Parton.
Dean of Campus Life Christina Davis expanded further:
But Davis would also want to know about the creative process that went into Parton's famous feat of writing “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” in one day.
said Davis, noting Parton's extensive work with children's literacy and her contribution to the funding of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, as well as her investment in the Black community of Nashville.
Director of Choral Activities Erica Washburn took the opportunity to acknowledge inspirational women in the past, present, and future.
Washburn also celebrated the contributions of women from the earliest days of NEC history. As NEC archivist Maryalice Perrin-Mohr confirms,
Washburn concluded with a celebration of the future:
Happy International Women's Day and Women's History Month — now and every day!