Here she is conducting the stunning Concerto in One Movement by Florence Price:

Meg Wilhoite (MW): Thanks for joining me, Kendra and Lisa. We’re here to talk about your One Voice Micro Opera festival, which is very cool. Can you tell me a little bit more about what One Voice is, and how that started, and the inspiration for that?

Lisa Neher (LN): It’s been about seven or eight years now that I’ve been very interested in solo vocal performance within our sort of classical and classical aligned traditions. Because, every other friend of mine who plays other instruments has a solo, unaccompanied repertoire that they regularly play that’s part of the standard rep and singers don’t have that, you know. I was lucky enough to perform a few pieces by a friend of mine, a fellow composer, at a festival that were unaccompanied and they were exciting and challenging and made me work and learn about my voice in different ways than I ever had because all the repertoire I learned before had been with piano, piano reduction. Usually chamber music includes a piano or has a piano reduction so like, that was always such a huge part of the landscape of learning music as a soloist or as a chamber musician, or as an opera musician.

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Sarah Simko, organist, released Living Voices, Volume I – Sacred Inspirations in 2019 in an effort to promote contemporary organ compositions and make accessible this repertoire to other organists. The CD demonstrates Simko’s versatility as she interprets a variety of styles and compositional voices with this collection of pieces written within the last twenty years. Along with the excellent recordings, the CD comes with a comprehensive booklet that provides valuable biographical data about the composers, as well as notes about the pieces themselves.

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I want to thank Melissa Wimbish for: bringing this issue to light; sharing with me her thoughts and notes; and providing crucial editorial feedback on drafts of this post. Her support was essential in my ability to get these thoughts out of my head and into written form.

“To have privilege in one or more areas does not mean you are wholly privileged. Surrendering to the acceptance of privilege is difficult, but it is really all that is expected. What I remind myself, regularly, is this: the acknowledgment of my privilege is not a denial of the ways I have been and am marginalized, the ways I have suffered.”

Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist: Essays

Recent events have brought into focus an issue that has been weighing on me for several years now: White women feminists who, having experienced oppression as a result of sexist attitudes, fail to transfer their experience into empathy for those suffering under other oppressions (such as racism, or sexism and racism combined). When we spotlight our own difficulties and fail to acknowledge the experiences of others, we fail to be active proponents against oppression. Too many white women, when asked to examine their own narrow views or to deepen their understanding of other forms of oppression, shut down the conversation and assert their position as the victim.

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MW: Welcome to the Sound Meets Sound podcast. Today, our guest is Regina Harris Baiocchi. I’m very honored to have you on here. You’re the only person I’ve interviewed so far that is already in a history book. I’m holding up ​From Spirituals to Symphonies​ by Helen Walker-Hill. Please go pick up that book and read about Regina’s life. Maybe you could introduce yourself and describe the many things that you do as an artist.

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MW: Welcome to Sound Meets Sound Sofie Loizou, a.k.a. Anomie, thank you for joining me here on the internet, all the way from Sydney. Sydney to California—so far apart we’re in different days!

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MW: This is the Sound Meets Sound podcast. My guest today is Nicole Camacho. Welcome Nicole—why don’t you just tell us a little bit about yourself and what it is you do?

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Read on for a transcript of my interview with Holly Roadfeldt, which appeared as episode 5 of my podcast Sound Meets Sound:

MW: This is the Sound Meets Sound Podcast. [music] Welcome, Holly Roadfeldt, to “Sound Meets Sound.” Why don’t you just say, like, a quick who you are and what you do.

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Read on for a transcript of my interview with Meerenai Shim, which appeared as episode 9 of my podcast Sound Meets Sound:

MW: My guest this episode is flutist Meerenai Shim. Welcome to Sound Meets Sound, Meerenai Shim! I love your name, and I didn’t even know what it meant before, and I loved it already cause it’s just really pretty sounding. But then I read on your site that it means “galaxy” or something, so that’s really cool.

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Read on for a transcript of my interview with Samantha Ege, which appeared as episode 10 of my podcast Sound Meets Sound:

MW: Welcome Samantha Ege to the Sound Meets Sound podcast. Really excited to have you here. I want to just get started, jump right in as I usually do with your musician origin story where maybe you can tell us a little bit about how you came to be a musician, did it start with the piano and once you got to the piano, how did you decide to turn it into a career.

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