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Now Available

The second edition of Miriam Zach’s book For the Birds: Women Composers Music History Speller, Volume I is now available through Culicidae Press or through Amazon and other related online stores.

In a series of 25 biographies that combine words and music notes, this book will teach you how to read music at the same time that you learn about the amazing lives of past and current women composers. 

There are multiple ways in which you can use this book: 

• First you can read the stories, replacing each written music note with the correct letter as you read it. 

• Secondly, you can write the corresponding letter of each music note underneath each staff in the stories to complete the music-encoded sentences. 

• Thirdly, once you have figured out the names of the notes, you can play them on the instrument of your choice. 

The book is graded, i.e. the notes become increasingly more difficult to read as the range and the clefs vary. The first four biographies use only the violin clef; the next four stories use only the bass clef; finally the last seventeen biographies combine alternating violin and bass clefs. 

This is the first volume in a series of books about the life and work of women composers.


This podcast consists of a collection of brief excerpts from my CD Hidden Treasures – 300 Years of Organ Music by Women Composers, recorded at Princeton University Chapel. 

Please see the information below to access the files. To order the CD please send a cheque for $15 (payable to Miriam Zach; price includes domestic shipping and handling) to 

International Women Composers’ Library

1717 NW 23rd Avenue, Apt. 1-F

Gainesville, FL 32605



Below are images (posters and photographs) designed/taken by polytekton from the past Festivals of Women Composers. Please click on any images to enlarge them. You can also download each image separately to your desktop by right-clicking on it and choosing Download Image.


Bibliography of Music by Women and Theoretical Writings

Samples of Organ Resources:

  • Recording: Harbach, Barbara. “Women Composers for Organ. Music Spanning Five Centuries.” Gasparo GSCD-294 (Available from Gasparo, P.O. Box 600, Jeffrey, NH 03452-0600)
  • Heinrich, Adel. “Organ and Harpsichord Music by Women Composers.” Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991.
  • Ripley, Colette Schlegel. “Organ Music of Women Composers. A project of the American Guild of Organists…
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