We are very excited to announce two new additions to the ACWC board: Diane Berry and Stephanie Orlando.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Climate Change & Endangered Species Concert / Concert de l’AFCC : Changement climatique et espèces en danger featured the music of 12 ACWC composers. Friday, October 27, 2017, Heliconian Club, Toronto, ON.
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.
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.
The ACWC presented a concert of the music of Canadian women, April 7th, 2017, First Church of Christ Scientist, Victoria, BC, celebrating the anniversary of the passing of the bill granting B.C. women the right to vote. It featured the Emily Carr String Quartet, the women’s choir Ensemble Laude and introduces soprano Elizabeth Gerow, with works by Dorothy Chang, Jocelyn Morlock, Sylvia Rickard, Carol Ann Weaver, Kim Baryluk, Georgina Craig, Eleanor Daley, Sarah Quartel, and the music of an anonymous Ursuline nun.