The 2022 MusicNL Award winners were recently announced and we would like to wish a congratulations to all the winners, including those in the School of Music community!
Congratulations to our jazz professor Florian Hoefner who took away two MusicNL awards, Global Music Artist of the Year and Instrumental Artist of the Year.
There was a strong representation of #MusicAtMemorial alumni amongst the MusicNL award winners this year:
Rosemary Lawton Music (BMus 2016, BMusEd 2019) won Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year. Rosemary's record was produced, engineered and mixed by current Joint BMus/BBA student Clare Follett.
Jing Xia (PhD Ethnomusicology 2022) won Rising Star of the Year.
Maria Cherwick (MMus 2017) and Matthew Hender (BMus 2008) along with their band, The Kubasonics, took home Folk/Roots Artist of the Year.
Carole Bestvater (MMus 2013) took home Country Artist of the Year for her work with Youngtree and The Blooms.
Michelle LaCour (BMus 2013) won Recording Engineer/Producer of the Year.
Mary Beth Waldram (BMus 2011) won Industry Professional of the Year.
We are proud of the many career paths that many of our alumni have taken upon graduation and join their peers in acknowledging their contribution to the music community.
Congratulations to Music at Memorial faculty member Gregory Oh on winning a Dora Award for Outstanding Musical Direction, Opera Division, for his work with Tapestry Opera’s production of R.U.R. A Torrent of Light!
Music at Memorial alum Stephen Eckert named one of CBC Music's Top 30 Canadian Classical Musicians under 30!
Congratulations to Music at Memorial alum Stephen Eckert on being named one of CBC Music's Top 30 Canadian Classical Musicians under 30!
Stephen graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2019 with a BMus (Hons) in Piano Performance and Composition.
Congrats to all the 2022 Music at Memorial Graduates! We are so proud of all your hard work and wish you all the best on your future endeavours!
We profiled some of our 2022 Graduates and asked them about their favourite memories, their advice for new students, why they chose to study at Memorial, and what's next in their journey.
Anna Rumbolt was born and raised in Gander, Newfoundland. She recently completed her Bachelor of Music degree (Honours) majoring in Vocal Performance at Memorial University’s School of Music, under the direction of Dr. Caroline Schiller. She is currently completing her Masters in Performance Pedagogy at MUN studying with Dr. Jane Leibel.
Read our interview with Anna Rumboldt, B.Mus. '21, M.Mus. '23!
This past term, students of the brand-new course MUS 4005/6905 Music and Ecology explored the complex relationships between sound, music, humans/nonhumans, and the environment. Taught by Dr. Meghan Forsyth, students examined how humans create, express, and sustain their relationships their surrounding environments through music through a series of global case studies and creative projects. Throughout the course, St. John’s-based composer and sound artist Benton Roark provided additional feedback on student projects.
The creative projects that culminated from this course combined ideas about music, ecology, and place to produce new works, including some mixed media works, recordings, podcasts, sound maps, sound walks, and creative writing.
Explore some examples of the Winter 2022 Music and Ecology student projects!
Kendra Sutton grew up in Goulds, NL but is currently living in beautiful downtown St. John’s. She studied voice at Memorial University with the lovely Meghan Herder and graduated in April 2021. Kendra is now thoroughly enjoying the Music Ed. as a Second Degree program at Memorial. She is eager to complete her internship this coming September, and excited to graduate in December and dive into the wonderful world of teaching!
Jack Etchegary graduated from Memorial University's School of Music in 2018 with a BMus (Hons) in Composition. He is currently finishing a MMus in Instrumental Conducting, graduating in April 2022! Jack is from St. John's, NL and upon graduation, he would like to teach post-secondary and create/lead some contemporary music ensembles!
Hannah Sparkes is from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and is a fourth-year student at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Music, majoring in Euphonium Performance and Musicologies, and minoring in Psychology. This semester, she is researching the potential effects of music-based interventions on the mental health of prison inmates for her graduating essay. In the future, Hannah would like to work in the healthcare system, advocating for community-based programming that supports mental health and wellbeing. She will be graduating in the Spring of 2022 and plans to pursue graduate studies.
Matthew Roome is a third-year BMus saxophone student at Memorial University, majoring in performance and minoring in jazz studies. Originally from St. John's, Matthew is an active jazz performer and arranger in town, performing in smaller combos in the downtown scene as well as larger ensembles like the Jazz East Big Band.
Read our interview with Matthew Roome!
Dr. Caroline Schiller honoured with Memorial University’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching
School of Music Voice and Opera professor Dr. Caroline Schiller was presented with Memorial University’s 2021 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in a ceremony on March 10, 2022 on Signal Hill Campus in St. John’s.
Congratulations, Dr. Schiller! Thank you for all that you do for the Voice and Opera studio here at the School of Music!
Vanessa Legge is from St. John’s, NL and currently teaching Music, Art and French at Bay d’Espoir Academy in St. Albans, NL. A Memorial University graduate, she has a Bachelor of Music (B.Mus. 2020) and a Bachelor of Music Education (B.Mus.Ed 2021). Vanessa hopes to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive classroom for all of her students; teaching the importance of musical and artistic expression for the overall development and wellness of students.
In our Meet the Majors series, we are profiling current students and alumni of programs offered at Memorial University’s School of Music! Whether you are a current student or thinking of applying, we hope these interviews help you gain insight into the range of programs that the School of Music has to offer.
Meet Grace Nolan, a Bachelor of Music student majoring in performance!
Andrew Gosse is a current B.Mus. Composition student at Memorial University of Newfoundland's School of Music studying with Dr. Andrew Staniland and Dr. Clark Ross. Gosse was born and grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His work explores and often connects the realms of contemporary classical, electronic, and improvisatory music.
Meet Andrew Gosse, a current Bachelor of Music student majoring in composition!
To help students decide which major or minor is right for them, we are profiling faculty, current students, and alumni of programs offered at Memorial University’s School of Music! Whether you are a current student or thinking of applying, we hope these interviews help you gain insight into the range of programs that the School of Music has to offer.
Meet Jamie Moran, who recently graduated with a B.Mus. Degree and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Music Education degree with the Faculty of Education.
From Nov. 15-17, explore Memorial University's St. John's campus from the comfort of your home!
Get a feel for undergraduate student life and connect with faculty, staff and students. The School of Music will be participating in virtual sessions during this event between 6pm-9pm NST on Tuesday, November 16.
The School of Music at Memorial University invites you to attend our two upcoming information sessions (on Zoom):
1) Music Programs Q&A (Undergraduate and Graduate) - December 7, 7:30pm NST
2) Ethnomusicology Graduate Programs Q&A - December 8, 4:30pm NST
Click for more info.
Dr. Andrew Staniland is a professor of composition and electronic music here at the School of Music. His newest record, Reddened by Hammer: Earthquakes and Islands Remixed, was released October 15 on Canadian Music Centre's Centrediscs. Reddened by Hammer, an intersection of electroacoustic composition and art song, is streaming now on Apple Music and Spotify. Find out more and pre-order the vinyl at www.andrewstaniland.com.
Thinking about applying to our Bachelor of Music or Master of Music programs? Let's chat!
Meet us at the RCM Music Fair, October 16-17 or chat with us over Zoom on October 20. Find out more here.
Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves jointly awarded the John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship
Congratulations to Music at Memorial faculty Nancy Dahn & Timothy Steeves of Duo Concertante upon being jointly awarded the John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship from Memorial University of Newfoundland!
This well-deserved award recognizes faculty who embody the university's mission by demonstrating exceptional teaching, undertaking world-class research and sharing their knowledge and expertise widely.
Congratulations, Tim and Nancy!
Here is a message from Dr. Karen Bulmer, Acting Dean of the School of Music, inviting you back to our D. F. Cook Recital Hall for our Fall 2021 Mainstage Concert Series!
Guitarist Ben Diamond has been named one of CBC Music's 30 Canadian classical musicians under 30 for 2021. Diamond graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Music (Performance, Honours) this spring.
Diamond is the co-founder of the Atlantic Guitar Society, which is currently hosting its second annual Virtual Guitar Retreat. He also recently released his debut album Prime. This fall, Diamond will begin the Master of Music program at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.
Dr. Gillian Morrissey was recently named acting manager of the Centre for Social Enterprise. A graduate of the Master of Music program, she consciously chooses to keep music making as a cornerstone of her life.
I spoke with Gillian about how this new position has impacted her musical life.
Volk is joined on the recording by two current School of Music faculty members (flutist Michelle Cheramy and clarinetist Christine Carter) and another fellow Faculty Emeritus (pianist Beverly Diamond).
The recent increase in COVID-19 cases and the corresponding public health measures in Newfoundland and Labrador have forced changes to the Music@Memorial Digital Concert Series.
I am sorry to say that we have canceled the following concerts:
February 25: Kate Read and Timothy Steeves | Keep in Touch
March 11: Sylvie Proulx | Tanguissimo: Piazzolla meets Borges
March 18: Florian Hoefner | Standard Time
March 25: Vernon Regehr | Portraits of Ravel
April 1: Iris Trio | Night Music
In essence, the current public health measures make it impossible for our musicians and recording professionals to rehearse, record, and edit these concerts.
Now, some good news! We are pleased to announce that the “Faculty Gala” will proceed as scheduled (Thursday, March 4) and is shaping up to be an incredible concert. This year's edition of this popular show will feature previously unseen performances by the Iris Trio, Kate Read, Duo Concertante, and Jing Xia and the State of Emergency Band plus many more wonderful moments. We hope you can join us!
Thank you for your continued support of Music@Memorial.
Dean, School of Music
A production in a St. John’s high school gymnasium almost two decades ago launched what has become an extraordinary musical and cultural experience for more than 100,000 children across Atlantic Canada.
Memorial University’s Opera Roadshow celebrates its 17th season this spring with its version of Engelbert Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel
Click here to read more: https://gazette.mun.ca/campus-and-community/soaring-outreach/
Memorial University Alumni Tribute Awards Nominations are now open for the 2020 Memorial University Alumni Tribute Awards in four categories: Alumni of the Year Award, J.D. Eaton Award (for outstanding volunteer service to Memorial), Horizon Award (for exceptional achievement by alumni under age of 35), and Outstanding Community Service Award. These prestigious awards are an incredible way to honour alumni who have made a tremendous difference to their professions, communities, and Memorial University. Submit your nomination online by March 27, 2020: https://bit.ly/2uK2ZWn
Newfound Music Festival is a 2-day celebration of new music through performances, guest lectures and a wide-ranging symposium component.
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Dr. Karen Bulmer, our low brass applied professor and resident yoga instructor, will be featured in our Music@Noon series on Tuesday, October 22nd. Dr. Bulmer has been preparing a very impressive piece by American composer and trumpetter, Allen Vizzutti, entitled Cascades which was originally written for unaccompanied trumpet. At Ripple Effect, you’ll hear the tuba play notes at mind-bending speeds never heard before within our walls.
Dr. Bulmer will be joined for her recital by much talent including Michelle Cheramy, Emily Dunsmore, Kristina Szutor, Andrew Staniland, Matt Hardy, Rob Power, Bill Brennan, Jack Etchegary and will also perform a work by Clark Ross.
Check out the learning process of Cascades here.
On October 18th, our undergraduates, Bert Power and Ben Diamond, alumni, Gillian Sheppard, Bekah Simms, Joseph Donaghey and Andrew Noseworthy, faculty member, Andrew Staniland and collaborative pianist, Mado Christie, will come together to present Aiding & Abetting as part of Sound Symposium’s brand new four-day electronic music festival, ONSOUND. The concert will be held in the D.F. Cook Recital Hall at 7:30pm with a pre-show lecture by Bekah Simms starting at 6:30pm. For more information about the festival visit the Sound Symposium website.
Memorial University School of Music had a wide representation at the National Music Festival this year with students in 5 categories. Special congratulations to Ben Diamond (guitar), Yanet Campbell (violin) and Rachel Bradbury (percussion) who all won 2nd place in their divisions!
Faculty member, Andrew Staniland Composer, was selected by the Canadian Section of the ISCM to represent Canada at the ISCM World Music Days 2020 in Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand! http://bit.ly/2YqSRzJ
A big congratulations to trombonist, Erin Sullivan and double bassist, Matthew Hardy for their recent success in the Concerto Competition. Sullivan has been offered a performance with the wind ensemble, and Hardy with the chamber orchestra. Congratulations to all involved!
Please join us in congratulating Memorial University School of Music faculty in their 2018 East Coast Music Awards win!
Duo Concertante, 2018 Classical Recording of the Year, for Incarnation
Andrew Staniland, 2018 Classical Composition of the Year, for The River Within Us
In the final performance of her graduate career at Memorial’s School of Music, mezzo-soprano Hannah O’Donnell stars as a bogus medium who stages séances to commune with the deceased.
It’s just the kind of role she was looking for — a “mountain of a role,” she calls it.
When soprano Deantha Edmunds performs her favourite aria from Handel’s Messiah in Inuktitut on Saturday night, she’ll think about her father Albert Edmunds who grew up in Hopedale on the Labrador Coast.
The 15th annual Newfound Music Festival at Memorial University’s School of Music features an inventive, jazz-influenced composer/improviser in residence, a symposium of short talks and demonstrations, energetic performances, world premieres and at least one old (musical) saw.
“If the body made music, what would that sound like? As a composer, it’s an interesting question to ask.”
Fourth-year School of Music student Michael O’Keefe was at home, enjoying a little rest and relaxation before wind ensemble rehearsal, when the phone rang.
Dr. Paul Rice is a musicologist who loves a good mystery.
The professor in the School of Music is a sleuth, really, employing his detective skills to research little-known composers, singers and concert directors of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Ethiopia is home to the Arsi Oromo peoples, who live mainly in rural communities raising animals and farming.
Best in Canada! Congratulations to Leila Qashu, who earned her PhD in Ethnomusicology at Memorial's MMaP Research Centre and is recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award for Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
What a year it’s been for Music@Memorial’s Dr. Andrew Staniland! And that’s no understatement.
Did you love playing in a band or singing your way through junior and senior high school?
Are you into music but registered for another program? Well fear not - the School of Music has courses and ensembles for you, and there's still time to register! Your deadline is Sept. 20, so come on over to the bright side!
We're celebrating the opening of our 2017/18 music@memorial Concert Series with a little pre-concert launch! Join MUN School of Music dean, Dr. Ian Sutherland, as he highlights some special guest performers, and shares a few little surprises.
Studying at Memorial's School of Music has opened a lot of doors for new graduate Mitchel Fleming, including acceptance to law schools in every part of the country.
For two days in July on the St. John’s campus, incoming students will have the opportunity to “preview” what their university experience may look and feel like.
Know a student who might want to blow their own horn this summer? Registration for music@memorial's 6th annual Junior Band Week at the School of Music is coming up July 1, 2017!
Here’s a recipe for success: Take some Irish music, Newfoundland music, and English music. Mix them all together, throw in a bit of French music and leave it to ferment for a couple hundred years.
Two singing codfish, a witch, a prince in disguise, the sun, the wind, and a fisherman. Rhyming off the colourful cast of characters is Dr. Caroline Schiller’s introduction to the Opera RoadShow’s latest production, Le Nez de la Sorcière – The Witch’s Nose, at the D.F. Cook Recital Hall.
Congrats to music@memorial's Jane Gosine and Music alumnus (now Medical student) Kalen Thomson, co-directors of the Better Breathing Choir and 2017 recipients of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Creative Arts Award, along with Shalloway Youth Choir.
Our new Music graduates cross the stage this Friday afternoon, so use #MUNgrad2017 to share your convocation congratulations, photos and special moments via social media!
Fourth-year composition student Ben Taylor is the recipient of the 2017 Terra Nova Program Composition Competition.
Shallaway's artistic director, Kellie Walsh on a new ensemble, Lauda.
Dr Harris Berger was appointed CRC in Ethnomusicology on Friday December 2nd.
Heble won the 2016 SSHRC Impact Award in the Partnership Grant category for IICSI.
Congratulations to Dr Beverley Diamond who was publicly recognized as professor emeritus during convocation.
Linking to two articles about research led by School of Music professor, Dr. Jane Gosine.
Dr Darryl Edwards is visiting the School of Music for a series of workshops and presentations.
Dr. Mark Finch has successfully defended his PhD dissertation in the Ethnomusicology graduate program at Memorial University.
Congratulations to Jenny Griffioen who was awarded the F.A. Aldrich Fellowship.
Congratulations to Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves who have been elected fellows to the Royal Society of Canada.
A team led by Dr Vernon Regehr has released their App on iTunes.
Dr Sutherland won Outstanding Article of the Year Award from influential journal.
A soulful digital musical instrument is born right here and hits Kickstarter for a chance at manufacture.
Dr. Ellen Waterman talks about her new book and about the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Memorial University’s School of Music! A celebratory weekend is planned for October 13-16, 2016. What a time it will be!
Researchers explore social, expressive and cultural benefits of community music therapy.
Dr. Meghan Forsyth opened a new exhibition she curated on Acadian dance traditions at the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island.
Rebecca Simms and Aiden Hartery both won 2016 Newfoundland & Labrador Arts & Letters Awards.
Trombonist Joshua Penney joins the Stadacona Band of The Royal Canadian Navy in September.
School of Music professor presenting performance psychology workshop at NYOC.
The School of Music has a new dean, School of Music alumnus Dr. Ian Sutherland.
Two School of Music student composers tie for first prize.
Cheque for $3,000 received from Jazz East and the Gower Community Band.
Memorial's graduate music programs were well represented at this year's Juno awards.
Composer Andrew Staniland has received a prestigious commission from the National Arts Centre.
The School of Music has lost a very dear friend and colleague.
An essay written by an undergraduate student in the music program, has been accepted for publication in Nota Bene.
Memorial University and the Nunatsiavut Government are collaborating on a five year research initiative.
Dr. Andrew Staniland has been named the University of Lethbridge Alumni Association’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
A group of internationally renowned ethnomusicologists will join local scholars and dancers for a lively exchange about embodiment, pedagogy and dance to celebrate the naming of a new community dance studio in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.
The School of Music is thrilled to announce that our guitar alumni swept the awards at the 2015 Montreal International Guitar Festival held in April at Concordia University. The competition attracts guitarists from around the world.
Memorial’s School of Music has long served as a talent incubator for Newfoundland and Labrador’s prolific music community.
Hills across Newfoundland and Labrador are alive with the sound of choral singing, thanks to the creativity and passion of choristers and generous project funding from Drs. Jean and Angus Bruneau through the Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music (BCECM) at Memorial University.
On March 22, 2015, MMus Performance candidate Arlan Vriens was awarded First Prize (Teaching and Learning Stream) at the 2015 Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference at Memorial University.
A half a million dollars later, the bulk of the pianos in the School of Music have been replaced or refurbished thanks in large part to private donors.
The School of Music wanted to help Mrs. Helen MacLeod to celebrate her 100thbirthday with a gift of music, so we made a video birthday card!
Dr. Beverley Diamond, Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology at Memorial’s School of Music and Faculty of Arts has been awarded the SSHRC Gold Medal for lifetime achievement and impact as a scholar.
This week-end, over 60 young string players will come together for StringFest 2014.
The School of Music is proud to announce that Dr. Andrew Staniland is one of two Memorial professors to receive one of the highest honours for an academic in Canada.
The School of Music and Faculty of Arts (Department of Folklore) are pleased to launch a search for a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ethnomusicology.
When Drs. Angus and Jean Bruneau gave a one million gift to create the Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music (BCECM) at Memorial University, they hoped the donation would “help people make ripples within their communities.”
On June 29, MUN Song Academy welcomes young singers for a weeklong singing experience that includes lessons, coaching, masterclasses as well as classes in bodywork/dance, vocal health and language.
Redshift presents a Newfoundland Premiere Performance of their Vertical Orchestra East: Trade Winds at The Rooms.
A professor of composition recently achieved a milestone for Memorial’s School of Music – its first East Coast Music Award (ECMA).
The Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music is pleased to support a residency with Dale Warland, one of the most significant and internationally renowned choral conductors in North America, from Tuesday 11th March to Friday 14th March.
Dr. Maureen Volk, professor with the School of Music at Memorial, has been recognized as one of the nation’s top teachers.
Memorial’s School of Music is very pleased to announce the establishment of the Procunier Family Scholarships, four new full-tuition scholarships made possible by the largest single bequest the school has ever received.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker and York University professor Dr. Barbara Evans will talk about the development of various styles of documentary filmmaking in relation to the evolution of ethnographic filmmaking.
Due to the weather, the university will be closed this evening, Wednesday, 29th January.
NOTE: Changes have been made to the Newfound Music Festival Schedule. See the new schedule of events here - http://www.mun.ca/music/newfound/
Musicologist, Paul F. Rice, has embarked on an extended research project dealing with the career of the singer, composer and concert director, Venanzio Rauzzini.
Application Deadline Extended to January 18, 2014
All Memorial University facilities were closed on the island of Newfoundland from Jan. 6th - 8th. Due to this unforeseen closure the deadline for applications to the Bachelor of Music program will be extended until January 18th, 2014.
Anthony Payne of Pasadena is Newfoundland and Labrador’s newest Rhodes Scholar.
Ontario Arts Council article on MUN Alumnus, Martin MacDonald receiving the 2013 Heinz Unger Award.
Have a vision for choral music in Newfoundland and Labrador? Now is your chance to dream big.
Joy! brings together Christmas choral favourites with sparkling contemporary music!
Joshua Green has published his first book, Music-making in the Faroes in June 2013.
Dr. Tom Gordon, Honorary Research Professor in the School of Music, has been appointed a visiting professor in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Kati Szego of the School of Music at Memorial University has been named the editor of the prestigious journal Yearbook for Traditional Music.
Dr. Marion MacLeod, a graduate of the School of Music, has been named Fulbright Scholar.
Dr. Meghan Forsyth has been awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant for her project "Dansez! Acadian Dance Traditions on Prince Edward Island, Past and Present."
Dr. Kristin Harris Walsh has received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (IDG) for her project, “Dancing Across the Diaspora: Style, Context and Practice of Three Canadian Step Dance Styles.”
Congratulations to MUN School of Music alumnus Steve Cowan this year's winner of the Boston GuitarFest International competition.
June 24 to 29 is a week of song at Memorial School of Music.
Memorial University announced Wednesday a renaming of the School of Music’s Petro-Canada Hall to Suncor Energy Hall.
Congratulations to Newman Sound Men’s Chamber Choir on their championship win at the World Choir Games.
Dr. Douglas Dunsmore of Memorial University’s School of Music, a choral conductor of national and international renown, was honoured with the Arts Achievement Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council in Gander recently.
The Canadian University Music Society and the SOCAN Foundation are pleased to announce that Dr. Beverley Diamond is the recipient of the inaugural SOCAN Foundation/CUMS Award of Excellence for the Advancement of Research in Canadian Music.
Dr. Jane Leibel, associate professor of voice at Memorial University has just released her second CD Songs of the Bubble Ring: Songs by John Greer and Clifford Crawley.
In partnership with the CBC, the School of Music launched the Memorial University Amateur Chamber Music Competition in 2011. The finalists will be featured on CBC radio’s MUSICRAFT on January 22 and 29, 2012. Musicraft, hosted by Francesca Swann, showcases the musical life of Newfoundland and Labrador on CBC Radio 1 Sunday afternoon at 4:35/4:05 in Labrador or on the web at http://cbc.ca/nl.