The Maud Powell Signature, Women in Music

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The Maud Powell Signature
Women in Music
Editor Pamela J. Blevins
Managing Editor
Staff writers Karen A. Shaffer
Associate Editor
Categories Music magazine
First issue Summer 1995
Company The Maud Powell Society for Music and Education
Based in Brevard, North Carolina
Language English
Website Signature
ISSN 1083-5954

The Maud Powell Signature, Women in Music, also known as Signature, is an American online music periodical. It is published free of charge by the The Maud Powell Society for Music and Education, a non-profit charity Section 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1986 and based in Brevard, North Carolina. Signature launched in 1995[1] as a quarterly print subscription magazine, publishing five editions through 1997. After a nine-year hiatus due to a lack of funding,[2] the editors resurrected the publication with a much lower overhead, distributing issues free online in pdf.

The overarching topics relate to women in classical music, historic and current.[3] The contributing editors are music scholars, music critics, and music educators.[4] Submissions and acceptances are neither juried nor solicited nor peer-reviewed by outside scholars; although the managing editor, Pamela J. Blevins and associate editor, Karen A. Shaffer, both music scholars, weigh the veracity and worthiness themselves. The published submissions range from seminal research to dissertation spin-offs to editorials to biography supplements to general articles about forgotten or overlooked women, especially composers, who made, or are now making, important contributions to music.[5]

Founders and editors[edit]

Signature was co-founded by (i) Pamela J. Blevins (born 1945), who is managing editor,[6] and (ii) Karen A. Shaffer (born 1947), who is Director, President, and CEO of The Maud Powell Society for Music and Education, and Associate Editor of the publication. Shaffer is an author and scholar on Maud Powell.[7][8]

Publication's namesake[edit]

Maud Powell (1867–1920) was regarded by American and European critics as the foremost woman violinist in the world, and, at her death, one of the greatest musicians ever produced by the United States, and the first violinist from the United States to achieve international rank. In 1904, Powell became the first solo instrumentalist to record for the Victor Talking Machine Company’s celebrity artist series, Red Seal label. Those recordings became worldwide bestsellers.[9]


Print editions

  • Summer 1995, Vol. I, No. 1
    Pioneering Spirit of Women in Music
  • Fall 1995, Vol. I, No. 2
    Family Traditions
  • Winter 1996, Vol. I, No. 3
    Women and Orchestras, Part 1
  • Spring/Summer 1996, Vol. I, No. 4
    Women and Orchestras, Part 2
  • April 1997, Vol. II, No. 1
    Women of Vision

Online editions

  • June 2008, Vol. II, No. 2
    The March of the Women
  • Autumn 2008, Vol. II, No. 3
    Lost and Found
  • Spring 2009, Vol. II, No. 4
  • Summer 2010, Vol. III, No. 1
  • Spring/Summer 2011, Vol. III, No. 2


  1. ^ Crabtree, Phillip; Foster, Donald H. (2005). Sourcebook for Research in Music. Revised and expanded by Allen Scott (2nd ed.). Indiana University Press. p. 237. ISBN 9780253217806. 
  2. ^ "New Periodicals: Briefly Noted — The Maud Powell Signature", Karen Little (ed.), Notes, Second Series, Vol. 55, No. 3 (March 1999), pg. 725; ISSN 1534-150X
  3. ^ "Signature, Women in Music". Maud Powell Signature. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Who We Are". Maud Powell Signature. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Welcome, writers!". Maud Powell Signature. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Ivor Gurney & Marion Scott: Song of Pain and Beauty, Pamela J. Blevins, Boydell Press (2008); OCLC 213855814
  7. ^ Contemporary Authors, Volume 127, edited by Susan M. Trosky (born 1941), Gale Research, Detroit (1989) OCLC 35395922
  8. ^ Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Volume 57, edited by Jeff Chapman & John D. Jorgenson, Gale Research, Detroit (1997) OCLC 37343637
  9. ^ "Maud Powell, The Violinist, is Dead", New York Times, January 9, 1920

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