Women in the Music Industry

Marsha Berman grew up in a home filled with music. Her mother sang and her father played, so she was encouraged to play piano. She took lessons until college, at which point she studied music at UCLA not knowing just what she wanted to do with her degree. She wrote a paper on music library...
Jacinta Beunkala grew up taking piano lessons, without even owning a piano. She would use a friend’s piano when she could, but would often pretend with a set of keys she made out of cardboard to practice. When her parents purchased an upright piano a few years later, Jacinta was hooked to the sound...
Caroline Bienstock is the president of the music publishing firm her father, Freddy, established and in fact, named after his daughter.  Carlin Music has played an important role in popular music and rock music going back to the 1950s.  Her father was active in the career of Elvis Presley,...
Miriam Bienstock was one of three founders of Atlantic Records, which set the stage for over 60 years of recordings of primarily black artists. In the early years this was one of the only labels giving opportunities for the likes of Ruth Brown and Ray Charles to be heard!  Miriam ran the office and...
Cindy Bigeh, is the CFO and one of the founders of Audix in Wilsonville, Oregon.  She came on board with the company just about a year after it was established by Cliff Castle and Fred Bigeh.  Since then she has played a key role in the accounting and organization of the company as well as...
Deena Bird began teaching piano while she was still a teenager.  She later established her own music school, which for a while was located in the Steinway Gallery of her hometown of San Antonio, Texas.  One day while walking in the hall she met Lyle Bird, the father of the store’s owner.  Well, the...
Sherry Bird teamed with her future husband, Steve Bird, to open a Steinway dealership in Austin, Texas.  Together they also opened a second location in San Antonio.  With a strong business background, developed working for an oil and gas company in Texas, Sherry took over the books and business...
Theo Boylan grew up in a small town 80 miles from Chicago and has a musical performance background in both piano and oboe. As a small child, she began her love of classical music at the piano, which, over the years became a career when she was hired by Thoroughbred Music in Clearwater. During the...
Susan Brailove was the director of Oxford University Press and is still a music publisher with her own company. With a tremendous understanding of the role of the music editor, Susan recently published a chronological history of the music engraver’s role. As a member of the Music Publishers...
Sharon Brown was a teenager when she first began working for Ted Brown Music.  While in high school she had met and began dating the founder’s son, Warren.  Soon she discovered she had a real love for both Warren AND the music business.  She ran the record department and after marrying Warren, she...

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