The Association of Canadian Women Composers/Association des femmes compositeurs canadiennes is seeking submissions from composers who identify as women and gender minorities to be featured in a concert taking place in Toronto in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre.
Inspired by the theme of “Building Up”, the concert and rehearsal process is entirely organized, performed, and produced by women identifying composers, organizers, technicians, and performers. It celebrates how we as composers and creators support other women in our work. The concert will be held on July 17, 2020 at the Canadian Music Centre (Toronto).
Submitted pieces may have been previously performed
Existing and proposed pieces should be written for the following ensemble, or a subset of the following instruments: flute, bass clarinet doubling alto saxophone, piano, and percussion
Pieces can include electronics and/or improvisation
There is no restriction on duration
For existing works, please submit a score and recording (if applicable)
For proposals of new works, please include a short description (approx. 100 words) outlining what you would like to do as well as an existing sample of your work
This call is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
Membership with the ACWC/AFCC is required, but composers may join upon their work being selected for performance.
While the concert will take place in Toronto, composers from across the country are encouraged to submit works and proposals. Although we cannot offer financial support for travel and accommodation, we can provide a letter of support to assist in applying for travel funding.
The Roberta Stephen Award, worth $500, offers support to a Canadian woman composer aged 36 or older for professional development such as further studies, conferences, or workshops, or composers’ festivals.
The Deadline is: April 15, 2020
Candidates must have a history of public presentation of their work, and must be:
Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
36 years of age or older
finished their basic training in music (university graduation or equivalent in specialized training) and either be ready to undertake a professional career, or, having already attained a professional level, be undertaking advanced studies
winners of the Roberta Stephen award are strongly encouraged to become members of ACWC/AFCC if they haven’t already done so. Go here for membership
Please see the PDF forms, below, for Instructions and Application Procedure.
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. For decades she has edited Musicworks (Canada’s leading publication on new and unusual music). As well she has written extensively on tunings, wrote the definitive biography on Hugh LeCaine (Canada’s principal inventor of electronic instruments), written for our ACWC Journal, and was recently featured in a CMC Presents Concert, along with jaw-harp virtuoso Chik White on November 21, 2019 at Canadian Music Centre, Toronto. Young’s compositions, many of them electroacoustical and/or soundscape oriented, rank among the most highly esteemed Canadian works today. CMC suggests her tonal soundscapes “link natural sound with the musical worlds of tuning and harmony.” (CMC post). A 2018 recipient of the ACWC Roberta Stephen Award, she was able to present her compositions with her new 9-stringed instrument, the Allium, at Visiones Sonores, an annual festival of electroacoustic music held in Morelia, Mexico. (ACWC Journal Spring/Summer 2019, 38-40). All along Gayle Young has championed women’s music as part of her ongoing life work.