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Women Composers Symposium

Women Composers Symposium


Join us for the first Women Composers Symposium
on July 10–11, 2020

Be among a unique group of women that share your passion and expertise in music composition and song writing. The concept for this event came about from a group of women who had attended the 2019 Liturgical Composers Forum and yearned to hold a similar event solely for women. In response, we are inviting women composers from across the U.S. and abroad to gather together in solidarity, and to inspire each other to compose and submit more music.

Women Composers Symposium Art

Be inspired · Be Heard · Be Empowered



Galt House Hotel

Galt House Hotel
140 N. Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202

The choice for the hotel location for this inaugural event coincides with the National Pastoral Musicians annual conference, taking place July 6-10. We encourage you to consider registering for the NPM conference as part of your journey for knowledge and networking.

Discounted room rate will end on 6/15/20 and we cannot guarantee room availability after that date.



Keynote topic themes will include discussion about the state of the union with current music publishing and women’s involvement within the music industry. There will be a panel discussion with the publishers as well as moderated small group discussions.

Friday, July 10: Gathering, group discussions, keynote speech and dinner

Saturday, July 11: Keynote speeches, publisher panel, lunch, Q&A and group discussions

Click here to view full schedule (pdf)


Bernadette Farrell

Bernadette Farrell

Keynote & Facilitator

Bernadette is one of the most beloved composers of music for worship on both sides of the Atlantic. Songs like “Christ, Be Our Light” and “O God, You Search Me” are worship staples in the hymnals of every denomination. Her inspiring presentation to composers at the Composer Forum event has encouraged many women to seek more of her wisdom as it relates to composing music and publishing more works.

Delores Dufner, OSB

Delores Dufner, OSB

Prayer Leader

Benedictine Sister Delores Dufner is one of the best-known hymn writers in the church today. More than 20 different publishers have included her texts in their hymnals and hymn collections. The popular hymn anthology, Sing a New Church, contains her distinctive, beautifully crafted texts set to familiar hymn tunes.



Early bird registration: $100 if registered on or before 3/31/20.

Standard registration: $125 for all registrations from 4/1/20 until the date of the event.

The registration fee will cover two meals: Dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday. Payment can be made online by credit card or by mailing a check to OCP. Payment must accompany your registration.


Event Co-Sponsors:

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