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.

ACWC Initiatives Fund 2020

ACWC Initiatives Fund, NEW Deadline – March 1, 2020, available to all ACWC members, for:

  • creating new compositions
  • creative compositional networking
  • creating a CD and/or online recording project
  • creating workshops, conferences, or venues where new compositions are encouraged, taught, created, workshopped, and more

To apply, download this form: ACWC Initiatives Fund 2020 Application and after completing it, email to caweaver@uwaterloo.ca

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.

ACWC Winter Journal

First Journal with new Editor / Premier journal avec un nouvel éditeur, Fiona Evison.  Articles by / par: Articles by / par: Carol Ann Weaver, Janet Danielson, Fiona Evison, Kathleen Shimeta, Jon Nelson, Hildegard Westerkamp, Stephanie Orlando, Edith Covach, Clarisse Tonigussi, An-Laurence Higgins, Diane Berry.See the ACWC Winter Journal publication here: Fall 2019-Winter 2020.

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

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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, 2019 Winner of the ACWC Initiatives Fund


Stephanie Orlando

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 on July 17, 2020.

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


Our next ACWC Meeting will be: Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:00noon EST/9:00am PST on Skype. If you can be part of this call, please email Carol Ann Weaver, and send your Skype handle.

La prochaine réunion de l’association ACWC sera: samedi 28 mars 2020, 12h HNE / 9h sur Skype.  Vous pouvez consulter le compte rendu de cette réunion veuillez m’envoyer un email Carol Ann Weaver, et m’envoyer votre identifiant Skype.

Our most recent ACWC Meeting was Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, 12:00noon EST/9:00am PST on Skype.  You can review the minutes for this meeting here.

Notre récente réunion de l’association ACWC etait samedi 1 février 20120, 12h HNE / 9h sur Skype. Vous pouvez consulter le compte rendu de cette réunion ici.

Information about previous meetings here.

Informations sur les réunions précédentes ici.

ACWC / AFCC Journal June / Juin 2019

Articles by / Articles de Carol Ann Weaver, Janet Danielson, Allison Balcetis, Bekah Simms, Nicola Lefanu, Gayle Young, Amy Brandon, Veronika Krausas, Diane Berry.

New member profiles, Member News, and Opportunities. Profil des nouveaux membres, actualité des membres. Opportunités actuelles.

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