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Photo credit: Chloe Mantrom

A sunlit white woman laughs, holding a tuba, her other hand in the pocket of her red, flower-print jumpsuit. She has short, dark brown hair and blue glasses. She stands in front of a tree with purple flowers.

About Hope

Hope Salmonson (she/they), from Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia), is a queer, trans composer and tubist, trying to navigate the very big world around her. She has studied composition with Dr. Kevin Morse, and tuba/euphonium with Drs. Linda Pearse, Dale Sorensen and Olivier Huebscher. Hope received their Bachelor of Music with distinction from Mount Allison University in May 2022, and is now pursuing their Master of Music in Composition at the University of British Columbia, studying with T. Patrick Carrabré and Jennifer Butler.


Hope’s compositional practice is inspired by community and connection to others. Her works have been performed by Ensemble Allure, the andPlay Duo and the Mount Allison Elliott Chorale, among others. Their music has been featured in various festivals and concerts across North America, including their Composer-in-Residence positions for the 2021 University of New Brunswick Contemporary Music Festival and the 2022 ClassikFest Chaleur retreat. However, their collaborative spirit leads them to most enjoy connecting directly with performers and other artists, creating music as a shared undertaking. In her free time, Hope enjoys cooking for her loved ones and singing in choirs.

Photo credit: Kaelyn Boutilier