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ACWC and Vancouver Island Symphony Gender Equality Initiative

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Pierre Simard, music director, Diane Berry, ACWC secretary, Paolo Bertolussi, principal flute (photo – Dirk Heydemann of HA Photography)

On Saturday, January 19, 2019, at their concert in Nanaimo, British Columbia, the Vancouver Island Symphony announced a commitment to gender equity in their programming of new music. The ACWC’s secretary, Diane Berry was on hand to help them with their announcement. It read, as follows:

“Tonight, the Vancouver Island Symphony is formalizing its commitment to equity in the compositional world. In recent years, we have established ourselves as leader in commissioning and promoting new works by Canadian composers. Tonight, we take this dedication to creation and build on it with a commitment to gender equity across all of our new music endeavors, in programming and commissioning new music. From this point on, we are pledging all future commissions will respect and abide by this principle of gender equity”

This is an exciting pledge for an orchestra to take. Diane congratulated them on being leaders in this, and hopes others will follow. The announcement was warmly and enthusiastically received by the audience.

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2018 winners of the Roberta Stephen Composition Award

Canadian composers Maria Case (Toronto) and Gayle Young (Grimsby) are the latest recipients of the Roberta Stephen Composition award.

The Roberta Stephen Award 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 prize was established by Calgary composer and publisher Roberta Stephen and is administered by the Association of Canadian Women Composers.

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Maria Case

Maria Case is an accomplished composer, performer, music theorist, and choral conductor. Founder of the Artemis Trio and Artemis ensemble, Case directs the 60-voice Annex Singers and is Director of Music at the Glebe Road United Church. Her compositions include choral works, song cycles, works for piano, and works for chamber ensemble. Her award will go toward her next composition project, a cycle of pieces for chamber choir in which each singer functions both as an ensemble member and as a soloist, utilizing madrigal-like independence of voice lines. Case will use the Roberta Stephen award for consultations with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt at the University of Toronto throughout the compositional process.

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Gayle Young

Gayle Young’s wide-ranging compositional interests include expanded tuning systems, instrument design, sound sculpture, and acoustic ecology, merging performance, design, and composition. The Roberta Stephen Award will assist Young to lecture and perform at the 14th annual Visiones Sonores conference and festival at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras in September 2018. Young’s participation in this conference will be followed by a two-week residency at the CMMAS in February 2019, which will enhance her international profile, provide her with new networking opportunities, and give her an opportunity to become familiar with current electroacoustic techniques.

 For further information, contact: Janet Danielson jrd@sfu.ca 250 886-4534

Press release: RobertaStephenPressRelease2018

 

Newest members on ACWC Board

Our two newest ACWC Board members: Diane Berry and Stephanie Orlando.

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Diane Berry, ACWC Secretary

Diane Berry grew up in Toronto, Ontario and graduated from the music department at York University. Since that time she has been a performer and teacher in places as diverse at Smithers, B.C. and Suva, Fiji. While in Smithers she began her composing career by writing music for her trio “Two Flutes & a Violin”. Since then she has written for band, strings, choir, orchestra, string quartet, a variety of chamber ensembles and piano. Her music is heard regularly in Vancouver’s new music festival, Sonic Boom,and has been performed in Waterloo, Toronto, Seattle, Kamloops and Victoria. She is an associate of the Canadian Music Centre and has been part of their “Composer in the Classroom” programme . She is also a member of the Canadian League of Composers,the International Alliance for Women in Music and the Victoria Composer’s Collective.

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Stephanie Orlando, ACWC SoundBox Manager

Stephanie Orlando (b.1993) is an emerging composer and pianist based in Toronto, Ontario. Her music has been performed worldwide by such performers and ensembles as the Thin Edge New Music Collective, Penderecki String Quartet, Arcady Singers, The Rosewood Consort, Jeff Stonehouse, and Olivia Shortt. With experience writing for a variety of styles and instrumentation, her catalogue contains works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, voice, and electronics. Stephanie has composed music for a variety of mediums including opera, theatre, dance, and film. Her music is filled with traditional, contemporary and pop culture influences. Stephanie holds a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Wilfrid Laurier University.

2017 Roberta Stephen Composition Award Winners

Canadian composers, Veronika Krausas (currently located in Los Angeles, CA) and Amy Brandon (Truro, Nova Scotia) are the recipients of the 2017 Roberta Stephen Composition Award.

The Roberta Stephen Award 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 prize was established by Calgary composer and publisher Roberta Stephen and is administered by the Association of Canadian Women Composers.

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Veronika Krausas

Veronika Krausas’ commissions and performances include the LA Philharmonic, The Industry, New York City Opera, musikFabrik, Esprit Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, ERGO Projects, Fort Worth Opera, Motion Music, and the Penderecki String Quartet. Upcoming performances at Tanglewood and a new opera with Calgary Opera in 2019 with novelist André Alexis and the Old Trout Puppet Workshop. She is on faculty at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video.

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Amy Brandon

Holding degrees in jazz guitar performance and composition, guitarist Amy Brandon is currently completing an interdisciplinary PhD in music cognition at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has performed internationally and received commissions to write for ensembles from Canada, the US and the UK. Awards include the National Sawdust Hildegard Initiative (Honourable Mention), nominations for Music Nova Scotia and ECMA awards for her jazz-electroacoustic album ‘Scavenger’, and the Roberta Stephen Award from the Association of Canadian Women Composers.

Recent Event: Spark to Stone presented by Caution Tape Sound Collective and the ACWC / Spark to Stone présenté par le Collectif Caution Tape Sound et l’AFCC

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Spark to Stone, presented by Caution Tape Sound Collective and the ACWC

Saturday, March 24 2018, 8:00 pm
Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave, Toronto, ON.
Featuring music by 7 ACWC composers:
  • Amy Brandon – new work (flute, cello, piano, electronics)
  • Hope Lee – …I, Laika… (flute, cello, piano)
  • Julia Mermelstein – wonted (acousmatic)
  • Sarah Reid – new work (cello, piano, amplifed objects)
  • Ivana Jokic – new work (violin, cello, flute, piano, percussion)
  • Lesley Hinger – from within (violin solo)
  • Bekah Simms – new work (10tet Toronto Emerging Composer Award piece)

Missed the concert? Check out the YouTube playlist here.

Previous Event: ACWC Piano Collective Concert / Concert de piano collectif de l’AFCC

The premiere ACWC Piano Collective Concert, featuring music by ACWC Piano Collective members occurred Sunday May 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Conrad Grebel Chapel, University of Waterloo, Ontario. Pieces were composed for and performed by student pianists, many of them students of ACWC members.  Music featured was by Joanne Bender, Sarah J. Coles, Edith Covach, Emily Doolittle,  Hanna Kim, Kye Marshall, Colleen Muriel, Paulette Popp, Jana Skarecky, and Carol Ann Weaver.