Hear Her Song
a musical celebration of extraordinary women
A celebration through the creation of new songs of the choices of remarkable women, with honorees including Hillary Clinton, Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, Sister Marilyn Lacey, Michelle Obama, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and more.
Created to celebrate stories of remarkable women leaders, the initiative brings together an extraordinary array of musical artists, offering powerful insights into women’s leadership worldwide.
Through collaboration with partner organizations, Hear Her Song honors 20 distinguished women for their achievements and courageous life choices, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, Sister Marilyn Lacey, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Each of the honorees' insights and stories form the foundation for the creation of the new songs, featuring lyrics by TCP's Poet-in-Residence, Jacqueline Suskin and music composed by an all-female cast of today's leading composers and songwriters. The project is led by Kurt Crowley, also current music director of Broadway's Hamilton, and participating composers include Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Emily Estefan, Emily Hall, Molly Joyce, Tania León, and Georgia Stitt.
Hear Her Song premiered in full at Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery of Art on March 18, 2018, and was also performed at the Hammer Theatre Center in San José, California on May 19, 2018 through a partnership with the City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs and San José State University.
Honorees and Composers:
Katy Pfaffl, composer
Comments from our Poet, Jacqueline Suskin:
Throughout the process of songwriting, all musicians will have access to the poem that I write in response to the questionnaire. This poem can serve as an inspirational foundation or as the actual lyrics for the song. On top of this, songwriters can reach out to me anytime for additional lyrical aid. Perhaps they don’t use the poem word-for-word, they may need assistance with a tweak in language or a missing line. I will create any additional lyrics needed, as well as the poem to serve as a creative insight into the lives of each honoree.
Comments from our Music Director, Kurt Crowley:
The goal is for each composer/songwriter to create a song in their own musical style and language, based on the prompts of the honoree’s biography, responses and poem. As music director, I am available to each writer at every step of the process, from finding a musical style that will complement the others in the project, to producing the final score and arrangement. I am also available to create sheet music from any demos produced by the writer, and to consult and give feedback on drafts leading up to the final deadline. As we get closer to live performance or recording, I will help create the arrangement for ensemble and voices, with as much input from each writer as they prefer.
TCP artists at the inaugural event for Hear Her Song, presented in collaboration with Vital Voices.
March 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Lead funding for this initiative is provided by an anonymous donor.