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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!

Monica’s project is to create a new work for soprano and marimba based on the painting of the same name by Piet Mondrian, which will be a part of a larger song cycle for soprano based on painters and their works. She will be working with Dr. Shayna Tayloe (soprano) and Dr. Marco Schirripa (percussion), who are faculty at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, Texas, where she’s based. The piece will be written, workshopped and premiered at the University in September 2022. The Initiatives Fund will be supporting Monica’s artist fees for the creation of the work.

Flute Futures: An Online Workshop

FLUTE FUTURES was an online flute workshop that took place on Feb. 19, 2022. Guest mentors Sophie Lanthier and Anh Phung workshopped pieces by featured composers, Coreen Morsink, Diana Cotoman, Jingchao Wang, and Camille Kiku Belair. The workshop is still available to view online, gain insights into writing for flute, enjoy the readings of new works. Watch it here.

FLUTE FUTURES was presented by the Association of Canadian Women Composers ( and the Canadian Music Centre as part of the “Flute Music by Women Composers: An International Online Festival” 2022 activities.

ACWC x SPO Flute Music by Women Composers Festival

Call for Applications

Flute Futures: composing for/with flutists

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO), in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC), is excited to announce a Call for Applications to be workshopped in the upcoming Flute Music by Women Composers Festival, an international online festival hosted by the SPO taking place Feb 4-25, 2022. This call is open to gender-expansive and women composers of all ages and experience levels in Canada, as well as Canadians currently living abroad.

Selected participants will have a 40-minute session to work with flutist Sophie Lanthier and/or flutist/composer Anh Phung on an artistic project of their choice. Examples include: a reading session/informal recording of a solo flute piece; a discussion or testing session of flute techniques for a work-in-progress; an informal recording session of flute samples for a future electronic composition; or any other idea you might have, that would benefit from focused time with our mentor artists.

This workshop is online on February 19, 2022 (12pm-4pm est). Participants should plan to be present online for their session.

Available instrumentation is solo flute (1 player, playing piccolo/flute/alto flute/bass flute) and/or electronics (stereo).

To apply, please submit the following via the Google Form on the application website HERE:

  • A short description (100-250 words) of how you would like to use the workshop time on February 19
  • 1 link to an example of your proposed project or artistic practice that represents how you plan to use the workshop time if selected. Examples include: sketches or notes about a work-in-progress you plan to workshop, an existing score for a piece you’d like played, a description of a future piece that you’d like advice/comments on, a list of samples you’d like to record, etc.

Up to 6 participants will be selected to workshop their ideas with the mentors. The workshop will be streamed publicly online on February 19 at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto. Professional audio recordings will be made available to all composers for their use, with the performer’s permission. Selected participants will also be invited to join the ACWC’s membership (at no cost), if they are not already members.

Deadline: February 1, 2022. Applicants will be notified of the results by February 5, 2022.


For those who would like to tune in and observe, the event will be live on YouTube at 12pm at this link.

Indigenous Song Panel – Healing, Reconciliation, Partnership.

Indigenous Song – Healing, Reconciliation, Partnership
Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 8:00 pm EST by Zoom, with:

Jean Becker — Inuk, founder of Goodhearted Women singing/drumming group, Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives at University of Waterloo with tribute:   Woman of the Drum: A Tribute to Jean Becker and Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak – The New Quarterly Digital Edition
Kelly Laurila — Sámi, song-keeper & member of Goodhearted Women, PhD, Lecturer, Renison/UWaterloo, School of Social Work
Beverley McKiver — Anishinaabe, ACWC composer, composer, pianist, educator, website here.
Karen Sunabacka  — Métis, ACWC composer, Associate Professor, Conrad Grebel/UWaterloo  website here.
(Photo: Good Hearted Women Singers at Sound in the Land 2014, by Alan Morgan)

ACWC 40th Anniversary Events

In 2021, the ACWC/ACC will be celebrating 40 years since its inception in 1981. This is a time to look back to the past as well as look to the future of the organization and of the music of Canadian women. Many events and activities are being planned.
For more information, visit our 40th anniversary page.

Émergences & ACWC Art Song Concert


Émergences – Two Concerts, Friday, August 2, 2019, 8:00 pm at Canadian Music Centre (Toronto), and Monday, August 5, 8:00 pm at 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.

ACWC artsong concert v3 May 18'19

The ACWC Art Song Concert – in honour of Rebekah Cummings (1980 – 2019) – occurred on 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 (The Way I Dream), Jana Skarecky (Green and Gold), Carol Ann Weaver (Timbrel in her Hand), Edith Covach (Cultivo una Rosa Blanca and Hoy lo Llamo Mi Pago), Christie Morrison – also singing – (Tooth or Consequences), Nephenee Rose (I Break with the Quiet), Karen Sunabacka (Shhh), Julia Jacklein (Three Summer Songs) & Fiona Evison (Evening Prayer).