Women in the Music Industry

Peggy Falcetti and her husband, Sam, opened Falcetti Music in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1957. Since that time, Peggy and Sam have been very active in many community music programs. Peggy has served as the chairperson of the New England Music Festival since 1977. The festival is sponsored by the...
Janet Faulhaber has always had a special interest in the sheet music department of the Ward-Brodt Music Company in Wisconsin. Janet and her husband purchased the store and have expanded the product line and involvement in community music programs for several decades. When their son, Mick, returned...
Sara Faust may be the only music retailer who has won both the Chopin Piano Competition's first prize as well as the Concert Artists Guild's first place award!  In 1996, after her career as a professional classical pianist, Sara and her husband formed Faust Harrison Pianos in New York.  In addition...
Nancy Felixson remembers attending concerts at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica in the early 1970s. The store has a wonderful reputation for selling great instruments and gear as well as a stage that has hosted a very impressive list of performers since 1969. While at a concert in 1978, Nancy...
Karen Feltz is one of the voices of Conn-Selmer as she serves in the customer service department.  She joined Selmer right out of high school and has worked for the company for over 40 years.  Music dealers around the world know Karen for her dedication to finding answers to their questions and for...
Phyllis Fender was married to Leo Fender, the great pioneer of the solid body electric guitar. After many publications on his life’s work, it was a refreshing treat to hear about the man behind the workbench. Mrs. Fender recalled his passion for his work and how he would wake up in the middle of...
Kathy Fernandes was lucky enough to have an inspiring flute teacher while in high school that helped encourage and foster Kathy’s interest in music.  In fact, Kathy pursued a career as a school music teacher thanks to those teachers she learned from.  While in graduate school, she was hired as a...
Elizabeth Fernando grew up in her parent’s retail music store.  By the age of ten she ordered special strings customers were asking for that her parents did not carry and sold them within the store as her side business.  This clever approach to customer service was the beginning of her successful...
Cheryl Filipek is the Band Director at Niles North High School. She speaks here about how to connect to students and how to create interest in music to recruit and retain for her program.
Bonnie Fitch has always considered herself a music teacher.  After her time in the classroom, she formed her own music store in Las Vegas and tried to make every customer experience a learning opportunity.  With passion and energy abounding, Bonnie has worked long and hard to serve not only her...

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