As I woke up too early and was listening to some New Year's PBS rebroadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic performing some waltz-a-thon. The music was uber-familiar, so my mind wandered as the camera panned the penguin suits over and over.
Then, it struck me. The Philharmonic was an Ole Boys Club. It looked like it was 90% or more male and even more Caucasian. I can believe that Vienna has little ethnic diversity, except for the odd Turk here or there, but it should still be 51% female, or close to it.
Here is a link to their roster -- hardly a woman on it: http://www.wienerphilharmoniker.at/orchestra/members
(I just noticed the link has wiener in it instead of Vienna. Are they synonymous in the German?)
Is there a European or Austrian propensity to be sexist in orchestral groups?
In America, even regional orchestras are well mixed groups with women and Asians and other minorities well represented. Here, classical music practically looks like a rainbow.
It was a bit startling to see such a white male dominated group of such prominence.