A SEA CHANGE AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC

Nov 23, 2022

By Andy Johnson

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It’s taken 180-years but it’s finally happened.

After being an all-male bastion for most of its existence, the women finally outnumber the men at the New York Philharmonic.

The orchestra now has 45 women performers and 44 men.

And, while women now make up the majority of players, they dominate some sections of the orchestra, 27 of the 30 violinists are women.

However, the new female majority could prove fleeting.

There are currently 16 player vacancies to fill, in part because auditions were put on hold during the pandemic.  But, the composition is still a profound shift from the 1970’s when the ensemble had just five women players.

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