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-Teur/-Trice, Women Are…


In 2020, Amy Nam composed the piece -Teur/-Trice for the Women Are... Project.

Prompted to base the piece loosely on women’s social movements, I recalled learning in an introductory French class that the lack of neutral gender in grammar has been an issue that French feminists have attempted to address many times. Especially since the 1980s, there has been a huge push for (and subsequent pushback against) écriture inclusive, inclusive writing. I have personal experience interfacing with this lack of neutral gender in French—during my time studying in Montreal, I had to choose whether I was a “compositeur” or a “compositrice” when my music was presented on recital programs.”


Minneapolis-based composer and harpist Amy Nam writes and performs music characterized by her sense of optimism and interest in unconventional timbres and structures. In 2018 her work Somewhere to Elsewhere, for harp and ensemble, won a BMI Student Composer Award. She holds degrees from Vanderbilt University, where she graduated with first honors as the Blair School of Music’s Founder’s Medalist, McGill University, where she studied with John Rea, and the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with David Liptak, Robert Morris, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.

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