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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, 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 will be graduating from Mount Allison University in Spring 2022 with a Bachelor of Music, and will be pursuing a Master of Music in Composition at the University of British Columbia in the fall.


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. Hope has composed for the 2020 Art Song Lab and the 2021 Wildflower Composers Festival, and was the Emerging Composer in Residence for the University of New Brunswick's 2021 Contemporary Music Festival. In her free time, Hope enjoys cooking for her loved ones and singing in choirs.

Photo credit: Kaelyn Boutilier