Co-Founders ▪ Co-Directors

Prof Ki Adams

  • MUN Faculty of Education, Honourary Research Professor
  • Music educator, choral conductor, organist
  • Co-Founder and Co-Director
Ki Adams

In 1974, Ki Adams moved from the USA to Canada for a teaching adventure in Newfoundland and Labrador. He never returned. Instead, like many others who come to the island for a visit, he decided to stay. With a B.Mus.Ed. (Evangel College) and M.Mus. Organ (Northwestern University), he was the first music teacher at Eugene Vaters Academy/Collegiate, an all-grade school in St. John’s. There he developed a comprehensive K-12 classroom/choral program with award-winning choirs. After 13 years teaching, Ki became Music Consultant with the provincial Department of Education where he worked with music teachers across the island to design and implement the music education curriculum for the province. After 8 years in this position, he accepted a tenure-track position at Memorial University (MUN) Faculty of Education, cross-appointed to the School of Music. For the past 25 years, Ki has taught graduate/undergraduate courses in music education and organ. Keenly aware of the importance of life-long learning, he completed specialist diploma programs in both Kodály methodology (University of Calgary) and Orff-Schulwerk (Hamline University) as well as doctoral studies in education (ABD, University of Wisconsin-Madison). In addition to teaching at MUN, Ki taught at Western University and Acadia University in Kodály summer programs. In 2015, Ki’s successful and innovative teaching career at MUN was recognized by his receiving the inaugural Faculty of Education’s Dean’s Award – Excellence in Teaching.

Ki’s research and writing range from his career-long involvement in the publication of music education curriculum documents/resources, many specifically related to choral music education, to papers and presentations on choral music education at national and international conferences. Ki has been an active choral conductor and organist for over 50 years. From 1992-2006, he was Founding Associate Conductor/Accompanist for Shallaway Youth Choir (formerly Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir). In addition to his work with Shallaway, Ki has guest conducted various festival choirs, has served as a jury member on the Canada Council of the Arts Peer Assessment Committee for Professional Choirs, and is active as a choral festival adjudicator. He is currently Music Director at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church.

Ki has held executive positions with provincial, national, and international choral professional organizations: Choral Canada President, International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) Board member, World Youth Choir Foundation President, FESTIVAL 500 Sharing the Voices Artistic Director, The Singing Network Co-Founder/Co-Director, Phenomenon of Singing Symposia Co-Director, International Kodály Society Treasurer, and Kodály Society of Canada President. In May 2020, he received Choral Canada’s Distinguished Service Award, given in recognition of long-term service to choral music in Canada. (photo credit: Yu Hang Tan)

Dr. Andrea Rose

  • MUN Faculty of Education, Honourary Research Professor
  • Music educator, conductor, violinist
  • Co-Founder and Co-Director
Andrea Rose

As a musician, educator, researcher, activist, and leader Dr. Andrea Rose is dedicated to the ongoing growth and development of music education at local, national, and international levels. Andrea holds undergraduate degrees in music and music education from Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) and a Master’s degree in Music and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA).

Andrea was a music educator for ten years at Holy Heart High School in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and since 1990 has been a professor of music education at Memorial University. Recently retired from Memorial University (December 2018), Andrea received the designation of Honorary Research Professor to acknowledge her continuing scholarly and professional work in music education. Andrea has been the recipient of several awards including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and MUN President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has also received the designation of 3M National Teaching Fellow by the Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2004) and was honoured and humbled to receive the 2019 Canadian Music Educator’s Distinguished Professional Award (Honorary Life Member).

Andrea is a past Co-Artistic Director of FESTIVAL 500 Sharing the Voices International Choral Festival (2001-2013) and the Founding Director of The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposia (1997-2013).  As the Co-Founder (2014) and Co-Director of The Singing Network, Andrea maintains an active role in the creation and delivery of innovative projects and events that bring people together to sing, research, dialogue, share, and celebrate all that is connected to the human experience of singing. The Singing Network generates and hosts musical, educational, and scholarly events such as the biennial International Symposia on Singing and Song and PODIUM on the EDGE: Singing from Sea to Sea to Sea, Choral Canada’s national conference and choral festival (2018). The Singing Network recently partnered with the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM) to organize and host the 2019 World Choral EXPO EXchange! in Lisbon, Portugal.

Andrea performed as a violinist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO) for over 30 years, and she currently serves on the NSO’s Board of Directors and is an advisor to the organization’s education and outreach programming. She has served in leadership roles with a variety of organizations including the International Society for Music Education, Canadian Music Educators’ Association, Debut Atlantic, Action Canada, and Teach for Canada. She currently serves as Director of Higher Learning with The Canadian Music Educators’ Association.

Dr. David Buley

  • MUN Faculty of Education
  • Music educator, choral conductor, organist, liturgist
  • Co-Director
Andrea Rose

Dr. David Buley enjoys his lengthy career of teaching classroom and private lessons in music, conducting choirs, accompanying for ballet companies, and playing various instruments. David is Associate Professor of Music Education in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a graduate of the University of Kings’ College and St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and holds graduate degrees in choral conducting, sacred music, liturgical studies, and musicology through study at Westminster Choir College and Drew University, where he has studied primarily with Robin Leaver, Robert Carwithen, Alan Crowell, James Jordan, and Joseph Flummerfelt.

David was a long-time member of, and conductor for, And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon, the Epilogue of R. Murray Schafer’s Patria cycle, and has acted as the Music Director for performances of Schafer’s Zoroaster produced by Soundstreams Canada, as well as for The Enchanted Forest and The Princess of the Stars for Patria Music Theatre Productions. David has also conducted university opera productions, including Bernstein’s Candide, and Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, and led numerous choral singing tours to Europe and the U.S.A.  His lengthy resumé includes work as Organist for the Princeton Theological Seminary Touring Choir and Music Director of the Windsor Classic Chorale, the Couchiching Young Singers, Saint George’s Round Church, as well as of the Acadia University Chorus and the Acadia Vocal Ensemble – under his leadership a semi-finalist in the CBC Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs. He is the founder of Young Sudbury Singers as well as Ariadne Women’s Chamber Choir of Sudbury, Ontario, and founding director and singer with the a cappella ensemble, Octatonic Decadence – a winner of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals’ Richard W. Cooke prize. 

With deep interest in music and education in and through community, David is a recipient of the Rainbow District School Board’s Joan Mantle Music Trust Community Award as well as the Sudbury Community Builders Award of Excellence. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Strong Harbour Strings and of the Bruneau Center for Excellence in Choral Music. David is a specialist and License candidate (DEIEB) in Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics and regularly offers workshops in music education, choral music, and vocal technique, as well the worship arts. Current research interests and community partnerships of David’s include the Lullaby Project-NL, the SSHRC-funded project: Community Music in Coastal Labrador, as well as the joy and privilege of making music weekly with the Lauda  Ensemble of Shallaway Youth Choir. (photo credit: Yu Hang Tan)

Initial Steering Committee Members – Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Jane Gosine (Musicologist)
Dr. Jane Leibel (Singer, voice pedagogue)
Dr. Jakub Martinec (Choral conductor)
Dr. Caroline Schiller (Singer, voice pedagogue, director)
Dr. Kati Szego (Ethnomusicologist)
Dr. Chris Tonelli (Ethnomusicologist, vocal improviser)

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