ACWC Piano Collective Concert

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

ACWC presents: A Spirit Indomitable


The ACWC is proud to be presenting a concert of the music of Canadian women, in a concert celebrating the anniversary of the passing of the bill granting B.C. women the right to vote.  The right to vote gave women a political voice, and we’re celebrating with women’s musical and creative voices with music dating as far back as 300 years as well as the present.

It features 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.

Elizabeth Gerow will be singing beautiful art songs by local composer Elinor Dunsmuir (1887-1938), much of which has been overlooked for the past century.  She was the granddaughter of Victoria’s coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir, and lived a colourful life.

The concert will be held on April 7th, 2017, at the First Church of Christ Scientist, Victoria, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  There will also be a pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m. discussing the road to suffrage, and some more information on Elinor Dunsmuir.

Roberta Stephen Award Application

The Roberta Stephen Award Instructions

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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.

Deadline: January 30, 2017


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.

Application Procedure:

Please submit your completed application form, curriculum vitae, scores and recordings of at least three of your works in electronic format (e. g. mp3, pdf) for a maximum of ten minutes of music. Submissions should be sent to via or a similar file-sharing service.

If you are not yet a member of the ACWC, the application should be accompanied by a fee of $10.00 CDN.

Applications will be adjudicated by an international panel of women composers. The two
successful applicants will be announced by March 1, 2017.

Award winners are required to submit a report explaining how the award has assisted them in their work as a composer. This report will be published in the ACWC Journal and on the New Works Calgary website.

In addition to the cash prize, new works directly resulting from the award will be considered for a première in a New Works Calgary concert or Calgary New Music Festival conditional on instrumentation and programming considerations.

Application Fee ($10.00)
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Call for Scores: Women Composers Focus on Environment & Celebrate Canada

Call for Scores for ACWC Composers’ Concert:
Women Composers Focus on Environment & Celebrate Canada
Oct. 27, 2017, 7:30pm, Heliconian Club, Toronto

Deadline:  May 30, 2017

flag-canada-heartScores are now being accepted for an all-ACWC concert focusing on climate change and endangered species as we celebrate Canada’s 150 anniversary, Oct 27, 2017, sponsored by ACWC and Heliconian Club.

Scores may include piano solo or duo, flute, Bb or bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello, and soprano or alto vocals with texts by Canadian women writers.  Other scorings are possible if a composer pays for extra performers.  Pieces cannot exceed 8 minutes max.

Send all pdf scores to concert coordinator, Kye Marshall <kyemarshall[at]rogers[dot]com>. Send all mp3 audio files via WeTransfer to Kye Marshall as well.  No audio files will be accepted if sent via regular email. Rehearsal time will be limited so send scores that will work well for this concert.  The Toronto Heliconian Club has long been an important concert venue for ACWC composers, and runs a regular concert series.  It is a “non-profit organization,  the oldest association of its kind in Canada, founded in 1909 to give women in the arts and letters opportunities.”

ACWC Welcomes New Board Members Tawnie Olson and Katerina Gimon

We’re very excited to announce two new additions to the ACWC Board: Tawnie Olson and Katerina Gimon.


Canadian composer Tawnie Olson has served the ACWC since 2009 as its Journal editor, is part of its International Performance Committee, and has served on the Communications Committee. Her music is performed on four continents, and her choral music is published by ECS Publishing and Hal Leonard (“Spring and Fall: to a young child” – forthcoming). Her compositions have been recorded by the Canadian Chamber Choir, bassoonist Rachael Elliot, oboist Catherine Lee, and tabla player Shawn Mativetsky. This fall, her “Meadowlark” will be released on Ian David Rosenbaum’s album “Memory Palace” (VIA Records). She holds a doctorate from the University of Toronto, an artist diploma and master’s degree from the Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary. Olson is currently adjunct professor of composition at the Hartt School of Music. Learn more about Tawnie from her website.


Katerina Gimon is a composer, improvisor, and experimental vocalist based in Vancouver. Her works have been broadcast and performed across North America by ensembles such as the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Youth Choir, Arcady Women’s Chamber Choir, Laurier Singers Chamber Choir, Maureen Forrester Singers, and Memorial University Chamber Choir. Katerina has been involved as the ACWC’s web manager since April and her piece “Earth” was performed at ACWC’s Earth Music Concert in September 2015. She is a recipient of a 2015-16 Arcady Emerging Artist Award, a winner in the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 2015 Young Composers’ Competition, as well as the Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Prize winner in the IAWM 2014 Search for New Music. Katerina is a member of mixed-media improvisation ensemble Chroma and is currently pursuing her Masters of Music Composition at the University of British Columbia. For more about Katerina, visit her website.


ACWC Members Lead Audio Postcards Canada Project

The Audio Postcards Canada project, curated by the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology, launched on World Listening Day, July 18, 2016, features 16 two-minute soundscapes from across Canada.  Three organizers/presenters of this project, Carmen Braden, Andrea Dancer and Hildegard Westerkamp, are also members of ACWC.   You can listen to the entire project here.

Podcast introduction can be found here: