Our Mission

“We strive to elevate women composers and theorists by advocating for the study and performance of their works and providing high-quality easily-accessible resources that bring light to the often overshadowed contributions of women in music.”

Our Vision

“We envision a musical culture where all musicians, regardless of gender identity, feel represented, valued, and empowered.”

Molly Murdock

Molly Murdock

Co-Creator, Project Supervisor

Molly is a music teacher and a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at Eastman School of Music. She holds degrees from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy (Hungary), Michigan State University, The University of Virginia, and The University of Central Florida. She spent many years in the Washington, D.C. area as a musician with Fairfax County Public Schools, Temple Rodef Shalom and historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fairfax Choral Society and the Virginia Ambassadors of Music.

Molly’s primary research is in the music of female composers and in Béla Bartók’s choral works. Molly created the Women in Music Lecture Series at Michigan State University, an ongoing project which showcases extraordinary musical women.

Ben Parsell

Ben Parsell

Co-Creator, Executive Director

Ben is the vocal music teacher at Alice Smith Elementary School in Hopkins, MN where he teaches Kindergarten through 6th grade general music and musical theater. He serves as the Director of Youth Choirs at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, West Campus, and is an active collaborative pianist in the metro area. Ben graduated magna cum laude from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education and Church Music and has earned a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction and his Kodály certification from Indiana University.

Ben’s primary interest and research is in folk music, folk dance, and engaged listening. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the National Association for Music Educators, and the Choristers Guild.

Eva Floyd

Dr. Eva Floyd

Editor, Music by Women Journal

Eva is a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music. Her specialty area is secondary choral music education and she holds degrees from the Liszt Academy’s Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, the University of Kentucky, and Campbellsville University. Eva is the founder and conductor of the CCM Community Women’s Choir and musicianship skills instructor for the Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus.

Eva’s research has been published in The Journal of Music Teacher Education, Contributions to Music Education, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She has articles in The Choral Journal, Kodály Envoy, and the Bulletin of the Internal Kodály Society and authored chapters for Voices in Harmony and Kaleidoscope (both published by Alfred). She has presented her research at NAfME’s national conference, state Music Educators Association conferences, American Choral Directors regional conference, Society for Music Teacher Education national conferences, and International Symposia in Hungary, Poland, Scotland, Australia, and Greece. Her DVD documentary “Soul-fege”: A Journey from Soulful Genres to the Classics” is published by the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

Elisabeth Fischer

Dr. Elisabeth Fischer

Editor, Music by Women Publishing

Dr. Elizabeth Fisher is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She teaches courses in choral music, music education, voice, piano, and music appreciation. She also serves as the Artistic Director of the Steel City Men’s Chorus in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Fisher’s scholarship focuses on restoring manuscripts of music composed for the women of the Venetian Ospedali as well as choral music education’s engagement with social justice issues. An active clinician, Fisher has worked with choirs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, Alabama, and Michigan. In 2018 Fisher received a grant to travel to Kenya to work with the Massai school choir in Oldonyonyoke.

As a mezzo-soprano, Dr. Fisher currently performs with mirabai, a professional women’s chorus that performs and records nationally, as well as with the Highland Consort, an early music ensemble in Birmingham, AL. As a choral singer she has performed under the direction of Alan Gilbert, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Solonen and Simon Rattle. She has also performed in opera productions at the Spoleto Festival from 2011-2013 and in the American premiere of Hosokawa’s Noh-opera “Matsukaze” in the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival in New York City.

Prior to her time in Alabama, Fisher was Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Minnesota Duluth. In 2015, she was selected as a finalist in the National ACDA Graduate Conducting Competition. As a public school teacher, Fisher taught at both the middle and high school levels from 2006-2011 in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Fisher holds degrees from Millikin University, Westminster Choir College, and Michigan State University.

Trevor Nelson

Trevor Nelson

Historical Consultant

Trevor is a Ph.D. student in musicology at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. His doctoral studies are supported by a Sproull Fellowship from the University of Rochester. Trevor received a M.A. in Musicology and an Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Women’s & Gender Studies from Michigan State University, and a B.M. in Instrumental Music Education from Appalachian State University.

At MSU, he penned his thesis, The Dissident Dame: Alternative Feminist Methodologies at the Music of Ethel Smyth, which explored both suffrage- and non-suffrage-oriented feminisms across Smyth’s compositional output. In addition to feminist political campaigns, his research interests include queer theory, feminist/critical pedagogy, the performative body, and opera houses in colonial spaces.

When not in the library, Trevor enjoys curling up with a cup of coffee and a book, all while spoiling his cat, Figaro.

Katie Knudsvig

Katie Knudsvig

German Translator

Katie was born in Hof, Germany and moved to Fargo, North Dakota at the age of 8. She graduated from Davies High School and is now working towards a B.M. in Violin Performance at the Eastman School of Music. While Katie is primarily a classical violinist, she loves folk and jazz music and plans on playing more in these styles. Outside of music, Katie loves history, is a giant Latin nerd, avid swing dancer, and loves rock climbing and running.

Past Research Interns

Summer 2021 - Julia Vide, Madison Anthony, Braden Weyhrich