Applications now open for Symphony Nova Scotia’s Maria Anna Mozart Award for Canadian women composers

Halifax/K’jipuktuk, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia is now welcoming applications from women composers across Canada for its fifth commission of the groundbreaking Maria Anna Mozart Award.

Launched in 2016, the Maria Anna Mozart Award supports the work of Canadian women composers, providing $10,000 for Symphony Nova Scotia to commission and perform a new symphonic work by a Canadian woman. The award is the first of its kind in Canada and was made possible through the generosity of Halifax resident and longtime Symphony supporter Dr. Jane Gordon.

“My hopes for the Maria Anna Mozart Award are not only to provide opportunities for women composers, but also to make them feel encouraged,” says Gordon. “I want them to know someone is paying attention to their work. I am delighted with Symphony Nova Scotia’s support for this award and their efforts to highlight the contributions of women in music.”

The Award was most recently presented in 2022 to Canadian composer Stephanie Orlando, whose work will premiere in the Symphony’s 2024/25 season. Previous winners have also included Dr. Kelly-Marie Murphy, Stacey Brown, and Alice Ping Yee Ho.

Applications for the Maria Anna Mozart Award are now open to emerging or established women composers across Canada. The application deadline is February 29 2024.

To learn more and for full application information, visit

Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra, championing symphonic music in the province for 40 years. With a home base in Halifax/K’jipuktuk and performances across the province, Symphony Nova Scotia is proud to be a vibrant, vital part of Nova Scotia’s rich cultural community. From sold-out orchestral concerts to free family events, youth and seniors’ activities, and educational partnerships, Symphony Nova Scotia creates unforgettable experiences with truly great music. Visit to learn more.


For more information, please contact:

Carol Kehoe
Director of Marketing and Communications, Symphony Nova Scotia
[email protected]