Music has always been an important part of my life. I started piano when I was four, and could read music before I could read English. I had a great time learning various instruments, participating in choir, and being exposed to all kinds of music. However, something was missing. With almost no exceptions, all the classical music I was encountered was written by men.
Throughout college, I was gradually exposed to more women composers through various ensembles, classes, and my own independent listening, but the majority were still male composers and artists. I became interested in WAM after going to the Women in Music concert at Rutgers in 2018, which happened to be around the same time I was assigned a project to research a female composer in another class.
I heard about the application to work on this project and knew I had to get involved. I wanted the research experience, and this had become a topic that I was passionate about. Women have been consistently left out of music history, and I know this is because of a lack of equal opportunities. Lack of representation may not seem like a big deal to some people, but it is important that girls in music have strong role models to look up to. Music is a story, and when we leave women out of the narrative, we miss half of that story. I want these voices to be heard, and WAM has given me the opportunity to help.
Bridget Knodel is a senior in the Bachelor of Music program studying harp.