Amplifying Women’s Voices – Fairmount Strings

Amplifying Women’s Voices

by Rachel Segal

When I was asked to travel to Alaska to play the US premiere of “Missing” with Anchorage Opera, I thought it would be another fun, cool new music project and I was very excited. What I didn’t know was that after two years of it being delayed due to the Covid pandemic, I would take part in telling the story of five thousand missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls on International Women’s Day. Learning about this epidemic and spending time with strong Indigenous and First Nations women, for whom it is immediate and personal, has reminded me how much women are expected to carry, and the role that art plays in healing the wounds inflicted by our society. To share such a powerful story with the world is the kind of experience that makes me so grateful to be an artist.
The Fairmount String Quartet’s focus on women composers was a huge draw for me when I auditioned several years ago, and with our recent album release and our continued commitment to amplifying women’s voices, I feel even more strongly that we all need to do more. Women are more than half the population, yet music by women is still largely absent from the core repertoire. We can change that by promoting the music of living composers from diverse communities, attending concerts by groups performing their music, and telling their stories.
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Kind Words

Friday evening’s performance…by the members of the Fairmount String Quartet was splendid…the playing was expert to the point of perfection.

Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local

From more classical music to fun contemporary songs, Fairmount Strings knocked it out of the park.

Alison F., bride

We are so grateful that Fairmount Strings made our wedding day vision come to life. 

Jocelyn G., bride

The quartet was magnificent and so very professional. One guest said the setting and the quartet made the ceremony storybook!

Joanne F., Bride

Last night the audience told you so well what I am trying to put into words now. Thank you for an unbelievably beautiful concert!

Alice Nugent, Candlelight Concerts at Laurel Hill

The beautiful sound of your music will stay with me always. It was simply stunning and made our day feel like a fairy tale.

Julie & Tom B., Bride and Groom

Adding to their laurels — professionalism, intuition and timeliness, we look forward to many future musical endeavors with the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble.

Kevin O’Malia, Director of Music, First United Methodist Church of Germantown

I made a point of standing off to the side in the back of the church to listen. It was….well….perfection.

Chris C., Mother of the Bride

It is such a privilege to work with musicians of their caliber who are so genuinely committed to supporting the growth and development of our students.

Stephen Kushner, Director of Choral Music, Germantown Friends School

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your beautiful performance, which helped to make the vision and dream I had for my daughter’s wedding day come true.

Jeanne B., Mother of the Bride

They are wonderful musicians, easy to work with, and deliver performances of consistently high quality.

Clair Rozier, Director of Music, St. David’s Episcopal Church

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