The Sisterhood of Composer/Performers
The Sisterhood of Composer/Performers, a collaboration between composers Anne Neikirk, Krystal Folkestad-Grant, and Sabrina Clarke, was launched in the summer of 2017. The group exists both to showcase piano music by women composers, and to educate the community about the lives and careers of these women and how they coped with the societal gender conventions of their times. Sabrina Clarke and Krystal Grant play music by Chaminade, Beach, Mendelssohn, Carvajal, and others, as well as new compositions by the three members of the Sisterhood. Their inaugural concert season included performances at Temple University in Philadelphia, at the Trust Performing Arts Center in Lancaster, PA, at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA, and at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD as part of the Evelyn Mackenzie Performance Series.
The 2017 - 2018 program featured “Summer Dreams” (1901) by Amy Beach; Album des enfants, Opus 123 (1906) by Cecile Chaminade; Tres Miniaturas (1988-1991) by Ailem Carvajal; and Song from Four Songs for Piano, Op. 6, No. 3 (1847) by Fanny Mendelssohn. The concerts also included “She Persisted” (2017), by Neikirk; “and other stories (a bildungsroman)” (2017) by Clarke; and “Improvisation” (2018) by Grant.