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The Acadia New Music Society promotes contemporary concert music in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Co-Directed by Derek Charke and Mark Hopkins, the primary outlet for this is an annual New Music Festival. The scope of the Acadia New Music Society’s activities has blossomed over the past ten years. We have successfully presented over 50 concerts, including a CBC national broadcast, initiated the creation of four commercial CD’s, and hosted multiple composers, musicians, and ensembles. Most of all, we have presented a fantastic collection of Canadian artists over these years.

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Music by Derek Charke
Featuring the WIRED! Ensemble
Conducted by Mark Hopkins

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The Acadia New Music Society (ANMS) exists to promote new concert music to the public, bringing great new music to 21st Century listeners. ANMS promotes and performs music concerts, programming a wide range of varieties and genres, with special emphasis on NS performers and composers. The main vehicle created in support of these concerts by the ANMS is a new music festival. In addition to giving voice to music by established composers, this festival celebrates the creation and performance of concert music by composers across the region. During the festival we normally produce six concerts, and present a substantial educational component consisting of workshops and lecture presentations. The role of our organization within our community, and the impact of the festival on the music milieu and audience is unique. We feel that our mandate and festival is critical in connecting established professional musicians with emerging voices, the great composers and performers of the future.


Type of Incorporation:
Non-Profit Society incorporated September 29, 2008
Directors: Derek Charke & Mark Hopkins
Officers: Pauline Dong, Jeff Hennessy, Sally Hopkins
Employees: None
Geographic Location: Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia (based in Wolfville/Kentville)


Since 2007, the Acadia New Music Society has successfully presented more than 50 concerts, including a CBC national broadcast, initiated the creation of four CD recordings—“In Sonorous Falling Tones” featuring Derek Charke, composer and flute soloist with the WIRED! Ensemble and Mark Hopkins, Conductor; "Live Wired" featuring Janice Jackson, Tristan DeBorba, Simon Docking, the NBG Ensemble, and the Acadia University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mark Hopkins; “Between the Shore and the Ships” featuring Helen Pridmore and Wesley Ferreira (winner of two ECMA  Awards). “Kitchen Party” (winner of two ECMA Awards) featuring Derek Charke and Mark Grant Adam, performers.  Collectively, these discs contain music by more than 12 Atlantic region composers, all commissioned by the ANMS. 

Principal guest artists have included Dorothy Chang, composer (2017); Jeffrey Zeigler, cellist, and the Blue Engine String Quartet (2015); Allan Gordon Bell, composer, SubText, and Fifth Wind Woodwind Quintet (2014); Michael Colgrass, composer and Quasar Saxophone Quartet (2013); Hildegard Westerkamp, composer and Steven Naylor, composer (2011); Zorana Sadiq, mezzo-soprano (2010); Russell Hartenberger, percussionist (2009); Rodney Sharman, composer (2008); Chenoa Anderson, flutist and Eugene Cormier, guitarist (2007).

We have commissioned many regional and Canadian composers including: Bob Bauer, Jerome Blais, Derek Charke, Jeff Hennessy, Scott Macmillan, Sandy Moore, Michael Parker, Peter Togni, John Plant, Anthony Genge, Jim O’Leary, and Steven Naylor.  Featured musicians have included Mark Adam, Norman Adams, Simon Docking, Jennifer King, Barbara Pritchard, Christianne Rushton, and many others.  Guest ensembles have included Sanctuary and Motion Ensembles, and the resident WIRED! Ensemble, created specifically for the festival. Events have been presented in partnership with the Acadia Performing Arts Series, Acadia University School of Music, the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville, Grand Pré National Historic Site, and the Halifax Farmers Market.

We wish to thank and acknowledge our funding partners, including: Arts Nova Scotia, Canada Council for the Arts, SOCAN Foundation, CBC Radio 2, Canadian Music Centre, Kings County, and Acadia University.

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