Welcome to ACWC/Bienvenue à ACC

The Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC/ACC) is the only professional association of women and women-identified composers and musicians in Canada. It actively supports music written by Canadian women and women-identified persons. The ACWC promotes its members on this website, and publishes a bi-annual Journal highlighting activities and articles of interest.  To join, go to Membership/Adhésion.


L’Association des femmes compositeurs canadiennes (ACC/ACWC) est la seule association professionnelle des compositrices et des musiciennes au Canada. L’ACC promeut assidûment la musique écrite par des femmes canadiennes, elle entretient un site web (www.acwc.ca) pour la promulgation des membres, publie un journal semestriel et un e-bulletin mensuel qui soulignent des activités et des articles d’intérêt à ses membres.  Rejoindre, allez a Membership/Adhésion.

Note: passing of Roberta Stephen and R. Murray Schafer

Roberta Stephen (April 17, 1931– June 19, 2021), esteemed ACWC member and supporter of an ACWC fund in her name.  Obituary.

Canadian composer/ecomusicologist/writer/pedagogue R. Murray Schafer (July 18, 1933­–August 14, 2021) led us, via soundscapes and environmental/epic compositions, into new ways of hearing the world.  He has touched us all.

In Solidarity with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemce First Nation:

We at ACWC/ACC are horrified, outraged, shaken and deeply saddened by the news of 215 indigenous children who were buried near the former Kamloops (BC) ‘Indian’ Residential School some 50+ years ago. We join the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemce peoples in mourning and honouring these children who never returned home from school.  We seek ways to address ills within our society of which we too have been a part, which have allowed this and other atrocities to occur.

ACWC x SPO Flute Music by Women Composers Festival: Call for Applications 

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO), in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC), is excited to announce a Call for Applications to be workshopped in the upcoming Flute Music by Women Composers Festival, an international online festival hosted by the SPO taking place Feb 4-25, 2022. This call is open to gender-expansive and women composers of all ages and experience levels in Canada, as well as Canadians currently living abroad. For more information, visit the application page here. Applications open on January 12 and are due February 1, 2022. 

ACWC Fall/Winter 2021 Journal is Here

Read the Fall/Winter 2021 Journal here!

Editor / éditeur Fiona Evison. Articles by / par: Carol Ann Weaver, Julia Mermelstein, Diane Berry, Janet Danielson, Leanne Vida, Patricia Morehead, and Emily Hiemstra.

ACWC 40th Anniversary Playlist: December 


ACWC 40th Anniversary

In 2021, the ACWC/ACC will celebrating 40 years since its inception in 1981. This is a time to look back to the past as well as look to the future of the organization and of the music of Canadian women.  Many events and activities are being planned.  Check this site frequently for updates.  More Info here!

NEW: Stories from ACWC Members– Interview of Brenda Muller by Pat Morehead can be found here.

Véronique Girard, Emily Hiemstra, Thais Montanari – Winners of 2021 ACWC Initiative Fund

Véronique Girard, Emily Hiemstra and Thais Montanari are the three co-winners of the 2021 ACWC Initiatives Fund celebrating the ACWC 40th Anniversary and relating to music-making during COVID-19.

Véronique Girard‘s project, “Mentorat – Université de Montréal” is a mentorship project for composition students at Université de Montréal paired with ACWC mentors Cecilia Livingston, Lieke van der Voort and Sophie Dupuis.

Emily Hiemstra‘s “Solo Viola Commissioning Project 2021” involves a call for scores from ACWC composers for solo viola pieces which Hiemstra will perform and video-record for the ACWC website.

Thais Montanari‘s collaborative project “Moi_Espace Public” is a series of videos created by people who identify as women and who share personal experiences.  This brings together Montreal-based composer Thais Montanari with Brazilian composers Nathália Fragoso and Sara Lana whose work is affected by the pandemic and the lack of assistance for artists in Brazil.  For more information on the 2021 Initiatives go here.

ACWC Concert/Project and Funding Guidelines

ACWC composers may apply for ACWC concert/project funding. Information and application form found here.

The updated ACWC Funding Guidelines created in November, 2020, pertaining to ACWC concert funding and the Initiative Fund, are found here.


ACWC/ACC is in full compliance with COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions as stated by each Canadian province. While guidelines may differ from province to province, ACWC/ACC, as a cross-Canadian association, chooses to abide by these provincial guidelines for public concerts, gatherings, or events.  As of April 6, 2021 live-streaming of music is not allowed in Ontario. – ACWC/ACC Board

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Events / Événments

Upcoming / Prochain

Watch for news of ALL upcoming and previous ACWC events on ACWC 40th Anniversary page here.

Recent ACWC Anniversary Events – just a FEW here – see more on 40th Anniversary page

In celebration of the ACWC/ACC’s 40th anniversary, there was a live-streamed concert from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on March 8th, 2021, at 1pm, AST.  It broadcasted from The Music Room and featured Jennifer King, performing piano works by, Monica Pearce, Holly Winter, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Amy Brandon, and Emily Doolittle. It can be viewed on YouTube here!

“Muses Today” – Women in Music Festival, May 22, 2021, Moscow, Russia – An International Panel

This International Panel with Carol Ann Weaver, Janet Danielson and Bekah Simms, along with German, French and Russian contributors, focused on women’s work in music, internationally.  Weaver presented on the history and scope of Canadian women’s music and ACWC, featuring the 40th Anniversary; Danielson talked about several earlier prominent Canadian women composers – 17th C. Ursuline Nuns, 20th C. Barbara Pentland, VIolet Archer, and others; and Simms spoke about a piece that was performed at the concert at the Festival in Moscow, also on May 22.  The fest, organized by Anastasia Koshkina, also invited the Canadian ambassador to address the panel.

Previous Live Events – a sampling


Émergences – Two Concerts, Wednesday, July 31, 2019 8:30 pm at Galerie d’art Le Livart, Montreal, Quebec, and  Friday, August 2, 2019, 8:00 pm at Canadian Music Centre (Toronto), and , presenting five new commissioned works for a flute-guitar duet (Sara Constant flutist, An-Laurence Higgins guitarist) by five new ACWC composers from Montreal and Toronto, Véronique Girard, Gabrielle Harnois-Blouin, Shelley Marwood, Thais Montanari, and Lieke van der Voort.   See members above, watch for further details, and read more about the concert here.

ACWC artsong concert v3 May 18'19

The ACWC Art Song Concert – in honour of Rebekah Cummings (1980 – 2019) – occurred Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:00 pm at Conrad Grebel Chapel/University of Waterloo, Ontario. Clarisse Tonigussi, soprano & Narmina Efendiyeva, piano, performed music of 9 ACWC composers: Rebekah Cummings, Jana Skarecky, Carol Ann Weaver, Edith Covach, Christie Morrison (also singing), Nephenee Rose, Karen Sunabacka, Julia Jacklein & Fiona Evison. More info here.

Previous Events/ Événments Précédents

For information about upcoming and previous events go here

Pour plus d’informations sur les événements à venir et précédents, cliquez ici


Next Meeting / Prochaine Réunion

Our next ACWC Meeting will be: Saturday, February 12, 2022, 12:00noon ET / 9:00am PT on Zoom.

La Prochaine réunion de l’association ACWC sera: samedi 12 février 2022, 12h HE / 9h HP sur Zoom.

Past Meetings / Réunions Passées

Our most recent ACWC Meeting was: Saturday, November 20, 2021 on Zoom. Minutes for this meeting here.

Notre plus récente réunion de l’association ACWC etait: samedi 21 novembre 2021 sur Zoom. Le procès-verbal de cette réunion ici.

Information about previous meetings here.

Informations sur les réunions précédentes ici.

ACWC SoundBox


SoundBox is a monthly email news release featuring upcoming concerts of ACWC/ACC members’ music and composer opportunities.

Soundbox est une newsletter mensuelle informant des concerts à venir des musiciennes et compositrices de l’ACC.

Call to All Members for Information for International Catalogue of Women’s Compositions/Appel à tous les membres concernant des articles pour le Catalogue International des Compositions de Femmes

All women and women-identifying composers/songwriters are invited to submit their information for inclusion in the Online Encyclopedia of Living Women Composers, Songwriters and Creators of Music. Full call and information for submission can be found here.

Toutes les auteur-compositrices femmes et s’identifiant comme étant femmes sont invitées à soumettre leurs articles pour l’Encyclopédie en Ligne des Auteur-Compositrices et Musiciennes contemporaines. Vous pourrez trouver l’annonce dans son intégralité ainsi que tous les détails concernant le dépôt desdits articles en cliquant ici.

Artwork on web banner is derived from a painting by ACWC member, Julia Jacklein