International Alliance for Women in Music


Radio Requests

Since 2004, the IAWM has used the Radio Requests campaign to promote broadcasts of music by women composers. Every week, participants in the IAWM’s listserv and visitors to this Web page are encouraged to ask local and Internet stations to play work by a chosen woman composer.

Radio Request for This Week, 1st August - 7th August 2021.

This week, the Radio Request campaign is devoted to CAROLINE SHAW.

Here is a list of previous Radio Requests composers—a mix of contemporary and historical womenwith links to their Web pages.

Participants ask stations to play recordings of the featured composer’s works, or, if the station does not possess recordings of her work, to substitute something by another composer listed on this site. Here is a sample request.

We also encourage composers and performers to send their recordings to appropriate broadcasters. A Resource Directory of stations and contact information also indicates broadcasters’ preferences.

In 2005, IAWM named radio stations KMFA, KWAX, and WMFE Honored Broadcasters for their commitment to broadcasts of women’s compositions. Download PDF press release here.


Greetings to everyone on this list!

To participate in promoting the broadcast of women's compositions, please telephone or e-mail local and/or Internet radio stations during Aug. 1-7, 2021, requesting that they play music composed by CAROLINE SHAW.  

As usual, the selection, which is different every week, has been made by Ursula Rempel. The selections, she explains, "are based on a combination of factors: availability of CDs, geography/ nationality, accessibility/appeal of the music for general audiences, and a concern to feature both historical and contemporary women composers."

Feel free to copy and modify this to suit yourselves:

Ladies and Gentlemen: 
Would you please play music composed by CAROLINE SHAW?  Biographical information and a discography for this American composer (b. 1982) can be found at
If you don't happen to own any recordings of her music, would you please go to the Web page of the International Alliance for Women in Music (, and substitute the work of another woman composer?
Thank you very much for all your help. 


Holiday Requests 2020

* Shelley Olson's A Chanukah Cantata
CD available through the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Gift Shop - concourse, 135 W 65 St., concourse, NYC, NY 10023 (917) 441-1197

* Anne Kilstofte's works recorded by the National Lutheran Choir, The Dale
Warland Singers, and also the Estonian Camerata: “Children of Peace,” “Holy, This Night,” “Christmas Tidings,” and “Oh, Hush Thee” ( 3_nlc_182.html).

* The New York Concert Singers. A Season's Promise. New World Records Jennifer Higdon: "Deep in The Night.”

* Handel and Haydn Society Chorus. All Is Bright Jennifer Higdon: "O Magnum Mysterium.”

* Emory Symphonic Winds. In the World of Spirits. Naxos Jennifer Higdon: “Mysterium"

* Sarah Meneely-Kyder. A Garland of Hymns and Carols
The CD is a compilation of 21 pieces based on the interior text of seasonal or Christmas cards for which her husband designed the front graphic. The CDs are $15.00. Copies can be requested directly at either [email protected], or [email protected].

* Carol Comune. Season of the Light
Charles Lewis, trumpet; Valerie Saalbach, soprano; Carol Comune, piano. Please visit CDBaby,, or to listen to excerpts, digitally download music and/or post a review. CD Baby: CAROL COMUNE: Season of the Light: A Collection of Advent and Christmas Carols.

* Carla Bley's album, Carla's Christmas Carols
( %3Db lended&keywords=Carla%27s+Christmas+Carols). The All Things Considered story is at


* Gena Branscombe's "Hail Ye Tyme of Holiedayes," sung by mezzosoprano Kathleen Shimeta on her CD Ah! Love, I Shall Find Thee: Songs of Gena Branscombe, Albany-Troy 599, available at

* The Newstead Trio's CD Music For The Season includes arrangements by Adrienne Albert, Tina Davidson, and others. They include "Deck The Halls," "Do You Hear What I Hear?", "The Cherry Tree Carol," and Adrienne Albert's original tune, "Upside Down Wish List." Please see

* Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté's Vier Weihnachtslieder/Four Christmas Songs on SCEG 100: A Centenary Celebration, available from the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation
( These are short songs for choir and instrumental ensemble that capture the mood of the holiday season in a northern climate.

* Judith Zaimont's Meditations At the Time of the New Year (a two-movement work for chorus and percussion) on Radiance--Choral Music by Judith Lang Zaimont, recorded by Choral Society of Southern California, Nick Strimple, conducting, on 4-Tay CD 4015 (available at; also available on Naxos (NAXOS CD Naxos 8.55944).

* Judith Shatin's Hanukkah round, “Nun, Gimel, Hei, Shin” ) item.asp?item_code=8.559410).

* Emma Lou Diemer's "Holiday Madness Medley" on the album GOING AWAY on the TrueTone Productions label, 2013 ( B00HWSE8FQ).

* Holidays of the New Era, ERMMedia
Kiev Philharmonic and Chamber Choir KYIV
Pamela J. Marshall: "Windshine"
Mona Lyn Reese: "Toboggan"
JoAnne Wagner: "The Miracle Carol"
Evelyn Stroobach: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"
Margaret Meachem: "Lift Then Eyes Unto the Mountains"
Mavis Pan: "A Christmas Carol"
Margaret Collins Stoop: "The Shepherd and the Night Sky"
Deeann Mathews: "A Modern Christmas Carol"
available from Naxos Direct

* Evelyn Stroobach's "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," for SATB chorus and violoncello, Masterworks of the New Era CD label (


* Clare Shore's _Three A Cappella Carols_ ("Joy to the World; "Silent Night;"
Good King Wenceslas.”) Philovox Ensemble of Boston; Jennifer Lester, director ( http://

* Rebecca Oswald's "The Rhythm of Snow" on her CD October Wind. ( octoberwind and a YouTube link,

* Jennifer Higdon’s "Love Came Down" for soprano, harp, and choir, on Holiday Harmonies (Sono Luminus),

* Elizabeth Start’s CD, A Very Cello Christmas, arrangements performed by the arranger, available at [email protected]: “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Good King Winceslaus,” “Once in Royal David’s City”/“Coventry Carol,” “Angels Fantasy,” “Three Ships and Three Kings,” “Aways in the Mangers,” “Lo How a Rose,” Joy to the World,” “Simple Gifts,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

* From the 5th track (“Byzantine”) of Lydia Kakabadse’s album Ithaka (released by Divine Art), her arrangement of “Hymn to the Defender of Mother of God” (Akathistos Hymn) and “The Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ,” both sung in Greek ( discography/ithaka/).