Introducing Spotlight Saturdays!

Spotlight Saturdays is a weekly post that highlights the interesting work being done by our current members. To participate, send a quick paragraph about one of your current projects–bonus points if you include a fun picture–to webmaster Jess Grimmer at


Lisa Shiota

A side project that I have been working on has been a database of works by women and gender-marginalized composers for the non-profit organization, Boulanger Initiative. Over the course of this past year, Jessica and a group of interns have been (remotely!) assisting me in doing research on women composers’ works and compiling the data on Airtable. This project has put my metadata skills to use in determining what data would be most helpful for musicians to find pieces to perform. The photo shows a small sample of composers represented. We hope to have this database ready and available to the public within the next year or two. For now, it’s been a valuable resource for the Boulanger Initiative staff– and it’s still growing!


Jessica Grimmer

Hi everyone! I’m Jess, your new webmaster, and I’m happy to kick off the Spotlight Saturday series.

I’m nearing the end of my MLIS at the University of Maryland. I came to the program having fallen in love with working with primary source documents through musicological research. Currently, I’m doing my field study work at the Library of Congress, where I’ve been processing the AV series of the Jessye Norman collection. It’s a great record of her recital and opera work–lots of Strauss, Wagner, and Poulenc–with a few surprises, like the videos on her collaboration with choreographer Bill T. Jones.

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