International Alliance for Women in Music


Past Pauline Alderman Awards Recipients


Best book: Denise Von Glahn’s Music and the Skillful Listener: American Women Compose the Natural World (Indiana University Press 2013) 
Best article: Victoria Malawey, “’Find Out What It Means to Me’: Aretha Franklin's Gendered Re-Authoring of Otis Redding's ‘Respect’.” Popular Music (2014) Volume 33/2, pp. 185–207


Best Book: Michael Slayton (Associate Professor, Chair of Music Composition and Theory, Vanderbilt University) for his edited book, Women of Influence: Nine American  Composers(Scarecrow Press, 2011).
Best Article: Kate Bowan (Lecturer, School of Music, Australian National University) for her article, “Living Between Worlds Ancient and Modern: The Musical Collaboration of Kathleen Schlesinger and Elsie Hamilton.” Journal of the Royal Music Association 137:2 (2012): 197-242.
Honorable Mention: Dorothy De Val (Associate Professor, School of Music, York University) for her book, In Search of Song: The Life and Times of Lucy Broadwood (Ashgate Publishing, 2012).


Best Book: Tara Rodgers (Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD) for her book, Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound (Duke University Press, 2010).
Best Article: Sarah Day-O’Connell (Assistant Professor at the Department of Music, Knox College in Galesburg, IL) for her article, “The Composer, the Surgeon, His Wife, and Her Poems: Haydn and the Anatomy of the English Canzonetta” (Eighteenth-Century Music, 2009).


Best Book: Susan Thomas for Cuban Zarzuela – Performing Race and Gender on Havana’s Lyric Stage (University of Illinois Press, 2008)
Best Article: Lisa Colton for The Articulation of Virginity in the Medieval chanson de nonne, Journal of the Royal Music Association 133(2): 159-188
Honorable Mention: Bess Lomax Hawes for Sing it Pretty: A Memoir (University of Illinois Press, 2008; Book)


Best Book: Susan Rutherford for The Prima Donna and Opera, 18-15-1930 (Cambridge, 2006)
Best Article: Elizabeth Leach for The Little Pipe Sings Sweetly as the Fowler Deceives the Bird: Sirens in the Middle Ages, Music and Letters 87 (2): 187-211
Best Reference Work: Marion Gerards and Freia Hoffmann for Musik-Frauen-Gender: Bucherverzeichnis 1780-2004 (Oldenberg: BIS-Verlag, 2006)
Honorable Mention: Claire Fontijn for Desperate Measures: The Life and Music of Antonia Padoani Bembo (Oxford, 2006 – Book; Elizabeth Leach for Gendering the Semitone, Sexing the Leading Tone: Fourteenth-Century Music Theory and the Directed Progression, Music Theory Spectrum 28 (1): 1-21 – Article; Kristina Guiguet for Mrs. Widder’s Soiree Musicale, Toronto 1844 (Ottawa: Melotrope Limited, 2006) – Sound Recording.


Best Book: Lori Burns and Melisse Lafrance for Disruptive Divas: Feminism, Identity, and Popular Music (Routledge, 2002) in the category of outstanding book-length monograph about women in music.
Best Article: Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner for “Women and Music Technology: Pioneers, Precedents and Issues in the United States” in Organized Sound: An International Journal of Music Technology (2003) in the category of outstanding journal article treating an aspect of women in music.
Honorable Mention: Jane Bernstein, ed., for Women’s Voices Across Musical Worlds (Northeastern UP, 2002) in the category of book-length study of women in music.


Best Book: Judith Tick. Ruth Crawford Seeger: A Composer’s Search for American Music. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Best Article: Suzanne G. Cusick. “Gender, Musicology, and Feminism.” In Rethinking Music, edited by Nicholas Cook and Mark Everist. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Honorable Mention: Juanita Karpf. “‘As With Words of Fire’: Art Music and Nineteenth-Century African-American Feminist Discourse.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 24, no. 3 (Spring 1999); Elizabeth Jane Kertesz. “Issues in the Critical Reception of Ethel Smyth’s Mass and First Four Operas in England and Germany.” Ph.D. dissertation, May 2000, University of Melbourne, Australia; Lisa A. Urkevich. “Anne Boleyn, A Music Book, and the Northern Renaissance Courts: Music Manuscript 1070 of the Royal College of Music, London.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Maryland at College Park, 1997.


First Prize: The book by Marcia Citron, Gender and the Musical Canon (Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993).
Second Prize: The article by Bonnie Jo Dopp, “Numerology and Cryptography in the Music of Lili Boulanger: The Hidden Program in Clairières dans le ciel,” The Musical Quarterly, v. 78, no. 3 (Fall, 1994), 557-583.
Third Prize: The reference book by Julie Anne Sadie and Rhian Samuel, The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, 1st American ed. (New York & London: W.W. Norton, 1995).


First Prize: Judith Lang Zaimont, Editor-in-Chief, and Jane Gottlieb, Joanne Polk, and Michael J. Rogan, Associate Editors. The Musical Woman: An International Perspective, Volume III: 1986-1990. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991).
Second Prize: Susan McClary. Feminine Endings: Music, Gender and Sexuality. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1991).
Third Prize: Karin Pendle. Women and Music: A History. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991).


First Prize: Diane Jezic. Women Composers: The Lost Tradition Found. (New York: Feminist Press of the City University of New York, 1988).
Second Prize: Judith Vander. Songprints: The Musical Experience of Five Shoshone Women. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988).


First Prize: Virginia Bortin. Elinor Remick Warren: Her Life and Her Music. (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1987).
Second Prize: Edith Borroff, “The Apprentice System and the Music of Women.” (Typescript, 1987. Unpublished paper given at the Fourth International Congress on Women in Music, Atlanta GA, 1986).
Third Prize: Susan Finger. The Los Angeles Heritage: Four Women Composers, 1918-1939. (Typescript, 1987. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles, 1986)


First Prize (only prize awarded): Jane Bower, and Judith Tick. Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition, 1150-1950. (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1987)


First Prize: Catherine Parsons Smith, and Cynthia S. Richardson. An American Woman: The Life and Music of Mary Carr Moore. (Typescript, 1985. Subsequently published by the University of Michigan Press, 1987). Second Prize: Nancy B. Reich. Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1985).
Third Prize (shared): Judith Rosen. Grazyna Bacewicz: Her Life and Works. (Los Angeles: Friends of Polish Music, 1985); Joanne Riley. “Tarquinia Molza (1547-1617): A Case Study of Women, Music, and Society in the Renaissance.” (Typescript, 1985. Subsequently published by Greenwood Press in The Musical Woman II, 1987).