This book will surprise the reader with some of the stories told and it will certainly be of value for academic and large public libraries, and for anyone interested in women's studies, in academic or private voice study, or performance of challenging, inspiring repertoire in a multitude of genres.
Hoch and Lister have provided an invaluable, and very timely resource for teachers, students, and professional singers who are taking the long-overdue steps to diversify their repertories and be more inclusive. The authors present a considerable amount of material in a way that holds the reader's attention without becoming overwhelming and have, for the most part, successfully provided the reader with an extensive overview of the contribution of women composers to vocal music as well as producing the useful and fully comprehensive resource to anyone taking the steps to actively educate themselves on the subject.
Hoch and Lister offer a panoramic view of the role of women in music. The vista is expansive, encompassing notable composers and performers from Western classical music, music theater, and commercial music. . . . Singers, and indeed anyone who wants to broaden their knowledge of women composers in a wide range of musical styles, will find this book informative, and a useful introduction to the topic.