Spotlighting LGBTQ Musicians and Composers

Written by Sara  R. Longwell, M.M. Ed, LPMT, MT-BC

Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

October is LGBT History Month, and with that in mind, we’re sharing some wonderful artists and composers who are celebrated this month.  They are categorized so you can quickly find the most relevant musicians and composers by genre.

Classical Composers
Jean-Baptiste Lully
Samuel Barber
John Cage
Manuel de Falla
Arcangelo Corelli
Modest Mussorgsky
Francis Poulenc
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Maurice Ravel
Leonard Bernstein
Aaron Copland
Benjamin Britten

Contemporary classical composers: Stephen Hough, Jennifer Higdon, Gareth Farr

Listen to Leonard Bernstein conduct the 1812 Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Rock and  Pop Musicians and Songwriters
David Geffen
Elton John
Janis Joplin
Clay Aiken
Ma Rainey
Dusty Springfield
Carrie Brownstein
Sam Smith
Melissa Etheridge
Michael Stipe
Lance Bass
Ricky Martin
George Michael
Indigo Girls
Tracy Chapman
David Bowie
Freddie Mercury

Watch Atlanta-natives, Indigo Girls, perform their Billboard charting song, Closer to Fine.

Americana/Country Musicians and Songwriters
Brandi Carlile
KD Lang
Chely Wright
Shane McAnally

Here is Brandi Carlile’s newly released video, Party of One, featuring pop musician, Sam Smith.

If you are inspired to learn music by these artists, please visit our friends at PianoWorks to learn more.

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