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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

Composer-tubist Hope Salmonson is queering her music through a cross-genre artistic voice and an emphasis on establishing musical community. Her approach embodies musical joy, placing equal emphasis on elegant composition and camaraderie onstage. She weaves accessible musical language and contemporary approaches to musicking, seeking meaningful collaborative experiences. Through her interactive compositions, Hope seeks to ensure that every voice in the room is valued, on and off the stage.


An import from unceded Mi'kmaq territory (Halifax), Hope is spreading her wings on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh lands (Vancouver). Dipping her toes in the Pacific, she has never forgotten her Atlantic home and continues to strengthen connections across the land. To Hope, people always come first, and her compositions serve and honour her communities. She is actively engaged in efforts to decentralize and shift the institution of classical music through amplifying underrepresented voices and needs in the industry.

Photo credit: Kaelyn Boutilier

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