This Monday, April 12 at 7 pm, the first episode of the Chamber Orchestra’s new music history podcast will kick off a 28-day celebration of the underrepresented voices in music history. The podcast, entitled Crescendo: Amplifying Global Voices, will air at 7 pm every weeknight for 28 days on the new Westridge radio station KWST. Each student in the Chamber Orchestra created their own podcast episode that explores the musical contributions of underrepresented groups such as female composers and minority people, communities, and cultures.

“I encouraged students to find an area that interested them and then run with it. They dove deeply into the world of music history with this project, developing topics and research questions, interviewing subject-matter experts including music professors from universities across the country as well as Westridge teachers and popular podcasters,” said Orchestra Teacher Kerri Epps. “All the while, they deeply reflected on the importance of telling stories from various cultures and perspectives from around the world.”

Just a few of the diverse subjects students will explore in their podcasts include:

  • How female composer Maddalena Casulana challenged social norms and influenced the Renaissance (airing April 16)
  • How Chinese ideals were expressed in opera during the Ming Dynasty (airing April 19)
  • LGBTQ+ Composers in the Classical Era (airing April 28)
  • How Marie Antoinette empowered female musicians and influenced music in the Classical Era (airing April 29)
  • Instruments used in Latin America during the Baroque period (airing April 27)
  • The impact, meanings, and misinterpretations of the American Indian Ghost Dance of 1890 (airing May 10)
  • How new girl groups are redefining womanhood in KPop (airing May 14)
  • And more!
Crescendo Podcast

Artwork by Corina D. ’21

Tune in to KWST radio station at 7 pm every week day beginning on Monday, April 12, to hear the podcast. Each episode will be available online the day after it airs at




Crescendo Schedule
Tune in to KWST on these dates to learn about the following topics. Topics and dates are subject to change.

Medieval (1150-1400)

  • April 12 – The components of Jeongak (aristocratic music) and other Korean traditional music during the Joseon Dynasty
  • April 13 – The emergence of zaju, a form of Chinese opera, in the late 13th century
  • April 14 – Saint Hildegard of Bingen's influence on women in music
  • April 15 – Tang Dynasty musicians: their struggles and successes

Renaissance (1400-1600)

  • April 16 – Maddalena Casulana & women in Italian Renaissance music
  • April 19 – How Chinese ideals were expressed in Chinese opera through the telling of folklore during the Ming Dynasty
  • April 20 – Religion in the Renaissance, Vittoria Aleotti, her identity and controversy
  • April 21 – Female composers in the Renaissance period

Baroque (1600-1750)

  • April 22 – Music-making in 18th-century convents
  • April 23 – Religion in Latin American music in the baroque period
  • April 26 – Francesca Caccini's path to success
  • April 27 – Exploring the Baroque instruments and music of Peru

Classical (1750-1820)

  • April 28 – Marie Antoinette: a musical influencer 
  • April 29 – Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's influence from the classical era to today
  • April 30 – Francis Johnson and a life full of firsts
  • May 5 – The struggles of a blind African American musician

Romantic (1820-1900)

  • May 6 – Ragtime and Scott Joplin
  • May 7 – How did Fanny Mendelssohn influence her brother’s compositions and did she actually write them?
  • May 10 – The impact, meanings, and misinterpretations of the American Indian Ghost Dance of 1890

20th & 21st Century (1900-Present)

  • May 13 – 'Japanese Breakfast' and discussions of Asian American representation in music 
  • May 18 – The history of EDM
  • May 19 – Mother and empress: an examination of the influences of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith