Nazareth University’s Women in Music Festival returns on Thursday

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The annual Women in Music Festival, a celebration of women composers that takes place both at Nazareth University and Buffalo State University, returns on Thursday.

The festival runs through Sunday and its hosted by the Nazareth University School of Music. It not only includes concerts but also master classes, panel discussions, and a film screening at the Little Theatre. The goal is to inspire dialogue and collaboration in both Rochester and Buffalo.

Most of the events are free and you can learn more here. Here is a schedule for the events at Nazareth University:


  • Student concert at the Wilmot Recital Hall from 12:10 to 1 p.m.
  • The Lori Laitman Masterclass at Wilmot Recital Hall from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Screening of the documentary “Maestra” and panel discussion at the Little Theatre from 7 to 8:30 p.m.


  • Panel discussion about representation of women in the arts at A-183 at Nazareth from 11 a.m. to noon.
  • Women’s Day Walk at the Wegman Family Sculpture Garden from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.


  • Composers forum at A13 at Nazareth from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Screening of the documentary “Maestra” at the Little Theatre from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Concert with guest performers at Wilmot Recital Hall from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There will be performances by students and faculty from SUNY Buffalo State, Eastman School of Music, Nazareth University, SUNY Onondaga Community College, and the Rochester Institute of Technology


  • Concert at Beston Hall starting at 3:30 p.m. with a pre-concert talk at 2:15 p.m. The conductor will be Nancy Strelau and the concert will include world premieres by Lori Laitman and Diana Rosenblum, (mother and daughter), featuring mezzo-soprano Katie Hannigan.