Even in the highbrow music world.
From 9-year-old girl sues German boys choir over gender bias (dated August 10, 2019, emphases mine):
BERLIN (AP) — A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old Berlin boys choir, arguing that her bid to join was only rejected because of her gender, in a case that has sparked debate over equal rights versus artistic freedom.
The State and Cathedral Choir is one of the most renowned boys choirs in Germany, founded in 1465 by Fredrick II of Brandenburg. Over its 554 years, it has never admitted any girls.
The choir contends the girl’s rejection was “not predominantly about her gender” and she would have been asked to join if she had displayed extraordinary talent and motivation and “if her voice had matched the desired sound characteristics of a boys choir,” the court said.
The choir also expressed doubt it would have been able to work with the girl’s parents....
...The case has elicited strong feelings, with many weighing in on the side of the choir, arguing that it’s less about talent than about tone, and that mixing the choir would bring an end to a traditional sound.
Writing for the influential Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, society columnist Hannah Bethke said “nobody has said girls can’t sing as well.”
“But the timbre is different, and judging that should be left to the musicians and the musicologists,” she wrote this week. “Anyone who wants to enforce a misunderstood gender equality here sacrifices a cultural asset.”...
Read the rest HERE.
That this case even had to go to court is insanity.
Victory! The court ruled in the choir's favor. For now, anyway.
Sample of the pristine sound of the Berlin State and Cathedral Choir:
The Berlin State and Cathedral Choir's YouTube channel is HERE. Enjoy!