Cello: played more by women than men?
In a non-scientific blue collar survey (I just seem to be noticing it), in many videos and promotional photos, I seem to be noticing that the cellists tend to be women. I do remember seeing some men, but, just wondering if this might in fact be the case. If so, is there any reason for that?
Maybe I just tend to notice women more than men. ;-)
It feels like I have known a few more female cellists than males. But then I made a list of cellists (including myself) I have been in ensembles with and there were 8 women and 13 men (not counting repeats).
At one time, it used to be that all the instruments were professionally played by only men. So what? It's changed, and will continue to change over time. Again, so what? What does gender have to do with music? Why do we persist in imagining associations when the conditions which might trigger them, including the very act of imagining those associations, change over time?
We can't count all the cellists in the world, so I'd say this i
@J Ray, I was not making a gender politics statement. I was just wondering if there was something about the ergonomics of the instrument, or perhaps, in a further reach, an aesthetic reason.
Probably coincidental. Here's an actual survey of 20 top American orchestras in 2014, with gender ratios examined by instrument:
David, didn't you know that you can NEVER have a frank, informal discussion about gender or race any more without someone getting overheated?
I admit, my sample data was exceedingly small. Some documentaries I watched, some concert videos, etc. 3 cello teachers I talked to at one time were women. It just caught my attention. It would be interesting to see a trend line.
Maybe it fluctuates according to who's famous.
@Andrew Hsieh: That report you have posted is very interesting. Do you have or know of a similar analisis with group ages?
I don't know of a similar analysis with age, but I would guess that the newest generations are closing or even reversing the gender gap. The professional string players in my area who are under 30 seem to be at least two-thirds women on all instruments except double bass.
My cellist daughter's youth orchestras (upper orchestras in the two top programs in our area) are majority male...7 of 13 in one, 9 of 14 in the other. The upper orchestra in the arts and sciences magnet high school she'll attend next year where my son is are 6 of 10 male. My daughter's teacher's students are mostly male.
Three of the five cellists in our amateur orchestra are women.
From what I can gather, most brass instruments have a male majority. I'm surprised by the number of female horn players. I notice a female majority on flute, and a surprising number of female double-reed players.