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 Spring/Summer 2022 Journal is Here

Read the Spring/Summer 2022 Journal here!

Editor / éditeur Fiona Evison. Articles by / par: Carol Ann Weaver, Julia Mermelstein, Amanda Lowry, Patricia Morehead, Emily Hiemstra, Beverley McKiver, and Fiona Evison.

2022 Initiatives Fund Winner: Monica Pearce

Congratulations to the 2022 Initiatives Fund Winner, Monica Pearce!

Her new work, “Composition in Colour A” for soprano and marimba is based on the painting of the same name by Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). We look forward to hearing this new work premiered by Marco Schirripa and Shayna Tayloe in the future!

Learn more about the recipients here.

ACWC Playlist: June

Listen to June’s playlist here.

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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.

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