Rising II
GARROP'S The Battle For The Ballot • Premiered August 9, 2020

The Battle for the Ballot narration

Woman suffrage is coming – you know it. (Carrie Chapman Catt)

The ballot! The sign of power, the means by which things are brought to pass, the talisman that makes our dreams come true! (Carrie Williams Clifford)

When I am asked to give the reasons why women should have the ballot, the reasons are too many to name. At every turn we are brought up to the desire to have a vote. (Jane Addams)

It is the ballot that opens the schoolhouse and closes the saloon; that keeps the food pure and the cost of living low; that causes a park to grow where a dump-pile grew before. (Carrie Williams Clifford)

It is the ballot that regulates capitol and protects labor; that up-roots disease and plants health. It is by the ballot we hope to develop the wonderful ideal state for which we are all so zealously working. (Carrie Williams Clifford)

I don’t believe in urging a man to vote against his convictions. I don’t even believe in trying too hard to persuade him…But the women should have votes to represent themselves. (Jane Addams)

How can anyone who is able to use reason, and who believes in dealing out justice to all God’s creatures, think it is right to withhold from one-half the human race rights and privileges freely accorded to the other half? (Mary Church Terrell)

What a reproach it is to a government which owes its very existence to the loved freedom in the human heart that it should deprive any of its citizens of their sacred and cherished rights. (Mary Church Terrell)

Justice is not fulfilled so long as woman is unequal before the law. (Frances Ellen Watkins Harper)

Behold our Uncle Sam floating the banner with one hand, “Taxation without representation is tyranny,” and with the other seizing the billions of dollars paid in taxes by women to whom he refuses “representation.” (Carrie Chapman Catt)

Behold him again, welcoming the boys of twenty-­one and the newly made immigrant citizen to “a voice in their own government” while he denies that fundamental right of democracy to thousands of women public school teachers from whom many of these men learn all they know of citizenship and patriotism… (Carrie Chapman Catt)

Is all this tyranny any less humiliating and degrading to women under our government today than it was to men one hundred years ago? (Susan B. Anthony)

Seeking no favors because of our color, nor patronage because of our needs, we knock at the bar of justice, asking an equal chance. (Mary Church Terrell)

Having no vote they need not be feared or heeded. The “right to petition” is good; but it is much better when well voted in. (Adella Hunt Logan)

This much, however, is true now: the colored American believes in equal justice to all, regardless of race, color, creed or sex, and longs for the day when the United States shall indeed have a government of the people, for the people…and by the people…even including the colored people. (Adella Hunt Logan)

Seek first the kingdom of the ballot, and all things else shall be given thee. (Susan B. Anthony)

If we once establish the false principle, that citizenship does not carry with it the right to vote in every state in this Union, there is no end to the cunning devices that will be resorted to, to exclude one and another class of citizens from the right of suffrage. (Susan B. Anthony)

The time for woman suffrage is come. The woman’s hour has struck. (Carrie Chapman Catt)

And so, lifting as we climb, onward and upward we go, struggling and striving, and hoping that the buds and blossoms of our desires will burst into glorious fruition ere long. (Mary Church Terrell)

With courage, born of success achieved in the past, with a keen sense of responsibility which we shall continue to assume, we look forward to a future large with promise and hope. (Mary Church Terrell)

We propose to fight our battle for the ballot – all peaceably, but nevertheless persistently through to complete triumph, when all United States citizens shall be recognized as equals before the law. (Susan B. Anthony)


Stacy Garrop’s music is centered on dramatic and lyrical storytelling. The sharing of stories is a defining element of our humanity; we strive to share with others the experiences and concepts that we find compelling. Stacy shares stories by taking audiences on sonic journeys – some simple and beautiful, while others are complicated and dark – depending on the needs and dramatic shape of the story. 

Stacy is the first Emerging Opera Composer of Chicago Opera Theater’s new Vanguard Initiative for 2018-2020, during which she composed two chamber operas with Chicago librettist Jerre Dye. She recently completed a 3-year composer-in-residence position with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, funded by New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. Theodore Presser Company publishes her chamber and orchestral works; she self-publishes her choral pieces under Inkjar Publishing Company. Stacy is a Cedille Records artist with pieces currently on ten CDs; her works are also commercially available on ten additional labels. 

Stacy has received an Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fromm Music Foundation Grant, Barlow Prize, and three Barlow Endowment commissions, along with prizes from competitions sponsored by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Omaha Symphony, New England Philharmonic, Boston Choral Ensemble, Utah Arts Festival, and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.  

Stacy’s catalog covers a wide range, with works for orchestra, opera, oratorio, wind ensemble, choir, art song, and various sized chamber ensembles including string quartet, piano trio, and saxophone works. She has been commissioned and performed by the Albany Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra; by Capitol Saxophone Quartet, Gaudete Brass Quintet, and Kronos Quartet; and by Chanticleer, Chicago a cappella, and Volti. She has upcoming commissions with the Music of the Baroque Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Musicians Chamber Music Series, Reading Youth Symphony, and The Crossing.   

For more information, please visit her website at www.garrop.com or her all-things-composition blog at www.composerinklings.com 

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