Welcome to ACWC/Bienvenue à AFCC

The Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC/AFCC) is the only professional association of women and women-identified composers and musicians in Canada. It actively supports music written by Canadian women. 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 (AFCC/ACWC) est la seule association professionnelle des compositrices et des musiciennes au Canada. L’AFCC 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.

Whispering River Orchestra Fall Fair

Whispering River Orchestra, Riversongs Cultural Fall Fair

Join the Whispering River Orchestra’s second weekend of the Riversongs Cultural Fall Fair: A 40 Year Garden:  The Cultivation of the Association of Canadian Women Composers, taking place from September 18th – 20th. The weekend starts with a coffee house on Friday, Sept. 18th, hosted by Katherine Wheatley. The weekend continues on Saturday, Sept. 19th, with a series of open-door workshops for people of all ages interested in learning new instruments, private lessons hosted by many talented musicians, a Creative Kayaking session at Foley Matheson Beach hosted by Katja Mathys, orchestral and poetry workshops, a composition circle, and a discussion circle on creative sustainability with many renowned Canadian women composers. The weekend ends on Sunday, Sept. 20th with a B.Y.O Picnic concert featuring a variety of music by Canadian women, including the world premiere of the piece Frontlines by Janet Danielson, the winner of the Riversongs A.C.W.C. 2020 Award.

For more information,or to purchase tickets , visit https://www.whisperingrivermusic.com/riversongs-2020.

View the event brochure here.

ACWC_AFCC Journal Spring Summer 2020

The Spring/Summer 2020 Journal has arrived! View it here.

Erratum: The IAWM interview on pp. 44-48 is with Christina Rusnack. 

Editor / éditeur Fiona Evison.  Articles by / par: Articles by / par: Carol Ann Weaver, Fiona Evison, Diane Berry, Irene Markoff, Eve Egoyan, Christie Morrison, Sharon Singer, Xenia Pestova Bennett, and a number of ACWC members, who weigh on the pandemic’s effect on their lives and work.

To view previous journals, do so here and here.

ACWC 40th Anniversary

In 2021, the ACWC/AFCC 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!

Brenda Margaret Muller, Winner of 2020 ACWC Initiatives Fund

Brenda Muller

Brenda Margaret Muller has been chosen as the winner of the 2020 ACWC Initiatives Fund for new creative work projects or compositions. Muller’s project relates to her Riversongs Festival of community-based music, through which she will, in turn, sponsor an award to an ACWC member for a new composition for the Riversongs Festival. The new work will be scored for community orchestra and/or community orchestra and choir. Muller is founder and Artistic Director of the Riversongs Festival, which occurs in Parry Sound, Ontario. The festival, involving Whispering River Orchestra and Community Choir, is tentatively scheduled for August/September, 2020, but will be further rescheduled if required, due to coronavirus.
More information here.

Gayle Young becomes ACWC/AFCC Honorary Member


Gayle Young has been awarded an ACWC/AFCC Honorary Membership in November, 2019 for her exceptional accomplishments as an innovative composer, instrument creator/inventor, writer, feminist and administrator. She has been an ACWC member since the very beginning, serving on the ACWC Board for many years. Her compositions, many of them electroacoustical and/or soundscape oriented, rank among the most highly esteemed Canadian works today. More info here.

Roberta Stephen Honoured

ACWC Composer, music publisher, and benefactor Roberta Stephen was honoured with a reception at The GRAND in Calgary on June 2, 2019. She received both an ACWC Honorary Life Membership, presented by ACWC Treasurer Janet Danielson, and a Violet Archer Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by John Reid, the Prairie Regional Director of the Canadian Music Centre.  More info here.

Roberta Stephen,Janet DanielsonRoberta Stephen ACWC award-cropped

(Roberta Stephen with Janet Danielson, Calgary, June 2, 2019)

Laura Hawley & Maren Lisac, recipients of 2019 Roberta Stephen Composition Award

Laura HawleyMaren's Headshot-17

Laura Hawley                                                                 Maren Lisac

Laura Hawley, composer, choral conductor and pianist from Edmonton, is founding artistic director of the Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir.

Maren Lisac, composer from Montreal, is composing music for Indonesian pelog-tuned guitar and live electronics.  More info about award and recipients here.

Stephanie Orlando has been chosen as the first winner of the new ACWC Initiatives Fund Award, which supports members who are composing/producing new creative work projects. Orlando’s project is titled ‘wave’ is composed for flute, percussion, and electronics. It explores negative thought patterns with an influence of new wave music. The funds will be used for equipment rental and travel to the premiere in New York City in June. More info here.

Mary-Catherine Pazzano, New ACWC Web Manager

Mary-Catherine Pazzano headshot

Vocalist, Mary-Catherine Pazzano has been chosen as the new Web Manager of ACWC, effective March 1, 2019.  More info here.

Events / Événments

Upcoming / Prochain

Watch for news of upcoming ACWC Toronto concert, rescheduled due to coronavirus, TBA.

Most Recent


Émergences – Two Concerts, Wednesday, July 31, 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, 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.

ACWC Commemorates Rebekah Cummings (1980-2019)


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, November 7,  2020, 12:00noon EST/9:00am PST on Zoom.

La Prochaine réunion de l’association ACWC sera: samedi 7 novembre 2020, 12h HNE / 9h sur Zoom.

Past Meetings / Réunions Passées

Our most recent ACWC, also our AGM Meeting was: August 22,  2020, 12:00noon EST/9:00am PST on Zoom.  Minutes for this meeting here.

Notre récente réunion de l’association ACWC (aussi AGM) etait: samedi 22 août 2020, 12h HNE / 9h 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/AFCC members’ music and composer opportunities.

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

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 by ACWC member, Julia Jacklein