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Panel to Focus on Women in Music
For release: March 13, 2006
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In celebration of Women's History Month, a distinguished panel of musicians will share their experiences, ideas, and philosophies about women in music on March 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis' FedEx Institute, Methodist Presentation Theatre. The group will be moderated by musicologist and Associate Professor of Music, Dr. Janet Page. Other members of the panel include Janice Misurell-Mitchell, composer, flutist, and performance artist from Chicago; Patricia Hoy, conductor and director of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music: Tonya Butler, assistant professor of Music Industry and a specialist in entertainment law; and internationally known jazz and blues vocalist Joyce Cobb.

Janet K. Page received her Ph.D. in musicology in 1993 from Duke University with a dissertation on "Wind Instruments in the Music of Joseph Haydn: Studies in Orchestration, Compositional Process, and Musical Structure." She is a specialist in Classical-period Vienna, organology, and historical performance, and her articles and reviews have appeared in Early Music, The Musical Times, the Journal of the Historic Brass Society, and elsewhere. Page is currently conducting research on convent music in eighteenth century Vienna.

Janice Misurell-Mitchell is co-artistic director of CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble of Chicago and a member of the faculty at the DePaul University School of Music. She is also involved in the creation of programs and courses about women in music. Her works are performed throughout the United States and Europe and have been featured at the International Alliance for Women in Music Conference at Symphony Center in Chicago and at Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Patricia Hoy is highly respected as an administrator, conductor, music educator, and performer whose experience spans orchestral music, chamber music, and jazz. Dr. Hoy's wind and chamber recordings of music by African American composers are featured regularly on broadcasts throughout the United States, in Canada, and by the British Broadcasting Company in England.

Tonya Denise Butler holds a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law and a Masters of Law in Entertainment and Media from Southwestern University School of Law. She is a long-time member of the American Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Law Forum, the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment.

Joyce Cobb began working in the radio and television industry in the early 1970s before joining with Stax Records and Shoe Productions to compose and released her first single. She later released a solo album with RCA Records that went to No. 11 on the Billboard Top 40 chart. She has won numerous awards including four Premiere Player Awards for best female singer from the Memphis chapter of NARAS.

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