Sophia Tegart, WSU clinical assistant professor of flute, performed two world premieres on April 7 at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, with bassoonist Helena Spencer, University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

The festival, held at Trinity College in Hartford, attracts composers and performers internationally every year.

The premiered works for flute and bassoon were composed by Jessica Rudman, a Connecticut-based composer whose music has been performed across the United States and abroad. The composition was part of a larger project based on “musical ekphrasis,” or musical representations of poetry and art.

Rudman’s works were inspired by the twentieth-century poet Anne Sexton’s book, Transformations. A retelling of Grimm’s fairy tales, Transformations contains themes of feminism, sexual identity, and gender roles.


  • Sophia Tegart, Yamaha Performing Artist and clinical assistant professor, Washington State University School of Music, 509-335-3970.