Performing editions and parts for the following historical works by women composers from the library of the Women's Philharmonic Orchestra may be borrowed from the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Funds for this project were generously provided by Patsy Lu Fund of The Open Meadows Foundation.


Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 in order to:

  • Recognize the achievement of The Women’s Philharmonic (1980-2004) over their 24 years of activity.
  • Build on this work by advocating for the performance of women composers by orchestras and ensembles.
  • Address the place of women composers (historic and contemporary) in today’s repertoire of orchestras and ensembles in the US and internationally.
  • Present information that highlights the shortage of programming of works by women; the heritage of TWP emphasizes that this should and can be corrected.


The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music

"The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music is the world's largest lending library of orchestral performance material, with over 21,000 titles and growing.

It houses virtually the entire standard repertoire, and is also known for its many rare and out-of-print works available for lending around the world. It is a unique source of 19th- and 20th-century American music, and has a longstanding commitment to promoting new, noteworthy, and overlooked works."


Scores (listed by composer)

Duchess Anna Amalie

Elfrida Andree

Melanie Hélène Bonis

Lili Boulanger

Francesca Caccini

Teresa Carreño

Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

Louise Farrenc

Madelena Lombardini Syrmen

Marianna Martines

Emilie Mayer

Maria Theresia von Paradis

Camilla de Rossi

Catherine Urner

Prinzessin Amalie Von Preussen