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ACWC Welcomes New Board Members

We are very excited to announce two new additions to the ACWC board: 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.

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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.

Roberta Stephen Award Application 2018

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The Roberta Stephen Award Instructions

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.

Note New Deadline: April 30, 2018

Eligibility:

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.

Please see the PDF forms, below, for Instructions and Application Procedure.

PDF Instructions

PDF Application

Note:  If you are an ACWC member, you do not have to pay an application fee.  For all non-ACWC members, please pay the application fee of $10.00, below.

Application Fee ($10.00)
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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.

Call to All Members for Information for International Catalogue of Women’s Compositions / Appel à contribution auprès de nos adhérentes pour la Revue Internationale 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.

2016 Roberta Stephen Composition Award Winners

Announcing the first winners of the Roberta Stephen Composition Award:

Canadian composers Emily Doolittle (Scotland) and Rita Ueda (Vancouver) are the first 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.

Emily Doolittle was educated at Dalhousie University, the Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Hague, Indiana University and Princeton University. She has taught composition and theory at Cornish College of the Arts and now lives in Glasgow, UK. Doolittle’s other honours include the 2012 Theodore Front Prize, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, and the Bearn’s Prize. Doolittle’s music has been characterized as “organically modern tonal.” The award will assist her with the cost of travel to the UK prèmiere of her orchestral work green/blue, performed in Hereford by the English Symphony Orchestra eso.co.uk.

Rita Ueda studied at Simon Fraser University and California Institute of the Arts, and currently teaches theory at SFU. Ueda was awarded the 2nd prize in the 2010 Mahler International Composition Competition and the first prize in the 2014 Penderecki International Composers’ Competition. Her works have been featured on the 2012 and 2015 ISCM Canadian Selection CD, and her As the Snowflakes Return to the Sky for string orchestra will be performed at the 2016 ISCM World Music Days in Tongyeong, South Korea. She will use the award funds to workshop a new work for Naomi Sato, who plays sho in the Atlas Ensemble http://www.atlasensemble.nl/news.html, and to attend the Atlas Lab at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. For further information contact Janet Danielson jrd@sfu.ca