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 Commemorates Rebekah Cummings (1980-2019)

Rebekah Cummings
ACWC/AFCC commemorates Rebekah Cummings (1980 – 2019), our beloved friend and ACWC composer who passed away on March 23 after being diagnosed with cancer in December.  Her indelible spirit and imaginative, unquenchable zest for life revealed itself in her superb, sensuous, moving, and deeply grounded compositions which touched all who heard them. Rebekah delighted in “creativity in its various forms, and love(d) to cultivate it in others! Concepts of life, growth, process and transformation tend to be at the heart of [her] creative expression in both art and music, along with themes related to [her] Bulgarian heritage.”  As well, she was a gifted visual artist with visionary, playful, compelling canvases.  Her Celebration of Life took place Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Ancaster, ON.  And on the same day, April 13 the Mercer Duo (Rachel Mercer and Akemi Mercer-Niewoehner) performed a concert of violin and cello duos by six female Canadian composers, with three world premieres, including Rebekah’s “Our Strength, Our Song,” in Hamilton, ON.  Listen to her hauntingly beautiful music, view her art, and read about her compositions.
Rebekah Cummings-Restoration
Rebekah Cummings: Restoration

Stephanie Orlando

Stephanie Orlando, 2019 Winner of the ACWC Initiatives Fund

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

Most Recent

ACWC artsong concert v3 May 18'19

The ACWC Art Song Concert – in honour of Rebekah Cummings (1980 – 2019) – will occur on Saturday, May 18, 8:00 pm at Conrad Grebel Chapel/University of Waterloo, Ontario. Clarisse Tonigussi, soprano & Narmina Efendiyeva, piano, will perform 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. Tickets: $20-regular/$10-youth. More info here.

Upcoming / Prochain


Émergences Concert, Monday, August 5, 2019, Galerie d’art Le Livart, Montreal, Quebec, 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.

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 again be on a Saturday: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, 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 de nouveau samedi: samedi 14 septembre 2019, 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 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST on Skype.  You can review the minutes for this meeting here.

Notre récente réunion de l’association ACWC etait le Mecredi 6 Mars 2019 à 20h00 EST / 17h00 PST sur Skype. Vous pouvez consulter le compte rendu de cette réunion ici.

Information about previous meetings here.

Informations sur les réunions précédentes ici.

ACWC Journal December/Décembre 2018

Articles de Julia Mermelstein, Kathleen Shimeta, Katelyn Clark, Amy Brandon, Laura Pettigrew, Diane Berry. 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