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IAWM + FT&M Women, Feminists, and Music Conference

Berklee College of Music hosted the 2019 International Alliance for Women in Music + Feminist Theory & Music joint Conference, entitled Transforming Tomorrow Today. Colleen presented a solo lecture recital version of Strength & Sensitivity on June 7, 2019 at David Friend Hall in Boston, MA. The program included works commissioned and arranged specially for S&S, as well as pieces by Tania León and Berklee’s own Tim Hall.

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S&S: Boston

On March 9, 2019, to celebrate Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day, and HeForShe Arts Week 2019, Strength & Sensitivity was presented as a full evening-length production by Kadence Arts. Held at Arts at the Armory, the concert presented a kaleidoscopic array of musical styles and spoken word examining Freedom and Power through feminist and intersectional lenses. The show featured four artists selected in the first S&S Open Call for Collaborators, performing original works created for Strength & Sensitivity. Numerous local musicians performed in addition to the featured artists, including Maria Finkelmeier, Doug Perkins, Mary Mackenzie, Stephanie Muñoz, Francesca McNeeley, the Boston Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, and more.

Featured Artists

  • Red Shaydez

  • Dinquinesh She-Ra

  • Thread Ensemble

  • Brian Calhoon / Marimba Cabaret


Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Awareness & Prevention Symposium

Strength & Sensitivity was featured as the keynote event for the University of Michigan’s first ever Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Awareness & Prevention in the Performing Arts Symposium. The performance, on February 26, 2019, featured the world premiere of a commission by Northern Irish composer/singer-songwriter Hannah McPhillimy: Bleed. Colleen also gave a special joint performance with Carla Canales, internationally renowned mezzo soprano and founder of The Canales Project and Hear Her Song.


  • Victor LaBozzetta: Do Your Dance Anyhow, for drum set + electronics

  • Kelsey Peterson: The Female Voice, poem

Want to see a production of Strength & Sensitivity in your community?

Contact Colleen with your ideas!