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Committee on the Status of Women

The Committee on the Status of Women was voted into existence as a standing committee in March 2018 at the general membership meeting during the 2018 Biennial Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. During that meeting, the President of NASA appointed the committee's first Chair.

Submit Feedback to Committee on the Status of Women

Wish to submit feedback or comments to the CSW on current or new initiatives? You can do so one of two ways:

  • Email any of the CSW members at the addresses linked below. Once an email is received, it will be discussed with the CSW and a timely reply will be sent.
  • Fill out this feedback form. Note that the feedback form can be submitted anonymously; however the CSW encourages identification as we appreciate the opportunity to reply directly to you to share the result of the feedback discussion and ask any follow-up questions that may prove helpful.
Committee on the Status of Women
The CSW's Inaugural Presentation, 2018 Biennial Conference

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Committee Co-Chair: , Associate Professor of Saxophone, University of Georgia
Committee Co-Chair: , Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Oklahoma State University

, Leader of Women's Mentoring Program, Associate Professor of Saxophone, Georgia State University
, Associate Lecturer, University of Alberta
, Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Performance, Michigan State University
, Assistant Professor of Saxophone, University of Massachusetts Amherst
, Associate Professor of Saxophone, The Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater, University of Hartford; Lecturer of Saxophone, The Yale School of Music
, Assistant Professor of Saxophone, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Julia Nolan, Lecturer of Saxophone, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Director of Scholarly Publications, NASA
Debra Richtmeyer, Professor of Saxophone, University of Illinois; Past-President, Honorary Life Member, NASA

Ad Hoc Committee: Women's Mentoring Program
Jennifer Blackwell, Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education, University of Hawai'i, Mānoa; Editor, Saxophone Symposium
Noa Even, Assistant Professor of Saxophone, Kent State University
Diane Hunger, Saxophone Instructor, Syracuse University and State University of NY at Fredonia
Kim Loeffert, Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Oklahoma State University
Idit Shner, Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies, University of Oregon

Mission Statement

The Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) promotes gender equity in areas related to saxophone, supports the professional development of women and gender non-binary members in the North American Saxophone Alliance, and serves as a repository of resources and information about women+ and saxophone. The CSW serves the North American Saxophone Alliance in matters that are critical to all saxophonists.

CSW Website

Go to CSW's website to learn more about its initiatives and activities, members, and how to get involved.

CSW Mailing List

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CSW Scholarship Fund Donation

A donation to the CSW Scholarship Fund will support student, early-career professional, and unsupported or under-supported women, non-binary, gender nonconforming, and transmasculine NASA members through conference travel grants, mentoring program grants, and other grants as needed specific to CSW's initiatives.

If you would like to help NASA fulfill its educational mission and support these members, please click here to make a donation to NASA's CSW Scholarship Fund using a secure online form.

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The North American Saxophone Alliance is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization, and the full amount of your donation is deductible for Federal income tax purposes as allowed by law. For more information, please contact the current NASA President at .

Current Initiatives

  • Mentoring Program: With the goal of strengthening support for the professional development and mentoring of women and gender non-binary members in the North American Saxophone Alliance and our field, the Women's Mentoring Program is an annual bedrock initiative of the CSW that pairs mentees and mentors within our organization. This annual program runs from January through December each year. Applications for mentees and mentors open in the early fall each year, and mentee/mentor pairs for the upcoming year are announced in December.

  • "CSW Presents": Members of the CSW will make presentations at all NASA Regional and Biennial Conferences to present the CSW's work to date and to gather feedback and suggestions on our current and future initiatives from the NASA membership in attendance at those presentations.

  • Digital Resources: CSW plans to develop resources and live databases to highlight the accomplishments and contributions of women+ in the saxophone field, including performances, recordings, commissions, scholarship and publications, teaching positions at all levels, along with geographical locations, as well as compositions for saxophone by women.

CSW Duties and Terms of Membership

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