Commissioning new works for solo cello by today’s most forward-thinking composers that encourage social change and empowerment for women and girls.

The Forward Music Project is driven by social justice for women. We musicians, now more than ever, have an incredible ability to effect change in our communities. I commission composers to write pieces based on their personal story or a particular issue that affects women and girls. The compositions are stylistically contrasting and represent the vast definition of what it means to be a woman, ranging from issues of the LGBTQ+ community and reproductive rights to sexual violence and empowerment. A visceral experience, the composers require that I embody the spirit of their message physically, mentally, and emotionally. In performance I sing, chant, fight and breathe life into these works.

 Photo by  Ryan Scherb

Photo by Ryan Scherb


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"swerve" for cello and loop pedal by jessica meyer

World Premiere
SPRINg revolution festival

national sawdust, brooklyn, ny
March 1, 2017


"memories lie dormant: they are reviled before they are revealed" by morgan krauss

World Premiere
SPRINg revolution festival

national sawdust, brooklyn, ny
March 1, 2017


"Dam Mwen Yo" by Nathalie Joachim


Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington, D.C.
March 6, 2017


"Is there a place for activism in the classical music world?"

Learn Amanda’s story (which includes many digressions from, and returns to, the classical music world), and learn why she decided to aim all of her disparate passions at one target. 



 Photo by  Ryan Scherb

Photo by Ryan Scherb

+ To continue to raise awareness of women's issues.

+ To contribute to the evolving future of new music.

+ To gain support for organizations focusing on women's rights.

+ To support the work of living composers of all backgrounds.

+ To discover better ways to connect a community through art.

+ To empower young women and provide them a platform of strength and courage to speak up and speak out.

+ To open a dialogue and encourage change in the arts community in New York and throughout the country.-

In March 2016, I was the Artist-In-Residence at Mount Tremper Arts in the Catskills to begin my work on the FMP commissions. Towards the end of my residency I gave a work-in-progress community performance. The commissions were premiered at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY on March 1, 2017. Next season Forward Music Project will be presented by The Girl Project in Lexington, KY; The Wallis in Los Angeles; and OK Electric Festival in Tulsa, OK.

These commissions serve as a catalyst for educational activities that explore gender, self-discovery, and musical expression through group discussion and creative activities.





I embrace the label of bad feminist because I am human. I am messy. I’m not trying to be an example. I am not trying to be perfect. I am not trying to say I have all the answers. I am not trying to say I’m right. I am just trying—trying to support what I believe in, trying to do some good in this world, trying to make some noise with my writing while also being myself.
— Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist
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