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 Kodály Society Treasurer, Kodály Society of Canada President, FESTIVAL 500 Sharing the Voices Artistic Director, and Phenomenon of Singing Symposia Co-Director. Currently, he is International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) Vice-President (North America), World Youth Choir Foundation President, and The Singing Network Co-Founder/Co-Director. In 2020, he received Choral Canada’s Distinguished Service Award, given in recognition of long-term service to choral music in Canada. In 2021, he became an Honourary Life Member in the Canadian Music Educators’ Association. (photo credit: Yu Hang Tan)

Dr. Andrea Rose

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

As a musician, educator, researcher, and advocate, Dr. Andrea Rose remains dedicated to the ongoing growth and development of music education at local, national, and international levels. Following a ten-year period as music teacher at Holy Heart High School in St. John’s, Andrea began her almost thirty-year career with the Faculty of Education, Memorial University. She holds also a Master’s Degree in Music, and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Upon her recent retirement from Memorial University, Andrea received the designation of Professor Emerita and 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, MUN President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, designation of 3M National Teaching Fellow by the Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Honorary Life Member award by the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, and HHM Founders’ Award for Achievement in the Arts.

Andrea’s research has been disseminated widely through articles, monographs, book and book chapters, commissioned studies, and conference presentations. She has been the recipient of numerous research and conference/festival grants through SHRRC and other national arts organizations. Andrea has contributed to academic life at MUN as a Senator and through a variety of committees and task forces. She has served also in leadership roles with a variety of organizations including the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, NL Music Educators’ Association, Canadian Music Educators’ Association, Debut Atlantic, Action Canada, Teach for Canada, and International Society for Music Education. Andrea is currently Director of Higher Learning with The Canadian Music Educators’ Association.

Andrea performed as a violinist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia for over 30 years, and as a conductor of various music ensembles and productions. She currently serves as a Director and Advisor for education and outreach programs with the NSO. A past Artistic Director of FESTIVAL 500 Sharing the Voices International Choral Festival, and Founding Director of The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposia, Andrea is the Co-Founder/Director of The Singing Network (TSN), an international collective of individuals and organizations interested in singing and song. TSN generates and hosts musical, educational, and scholarly events including a biennial International Symposium on Singing and Song. Upcoming projects include in hosting the 2022 World Choral Music EXPO EXchange! in Lisbon, Portugal in collaboration with the International Federation of Choral Music. Andrea continues to enjoy work on a part-time basis with colleagues and students at Memorial University through teaching, research, and participation on several organizational committees.

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, NS, 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. He moved to NL six years ago as an Associate Professor of Music Education in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University. He is also the recently-appointed Music Director at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in St. John’s, and the Artistic Director of Coastal Sounds Community Choir. His lengthy resumé includes work as Organist for the Princeton Theological Seminary Touring Choir, and Music Director of: The Windsor Classic Chorale, (Windsor, Ontario); The Couchiching Young Singers (Orillia, Ontario); Saint George’s Round Church (Halifax, Nova Scotia); as well as of the Acadia University Chorus and the Acadia Vocal Ensemble in Nova Scotia, and the Young Sudbury Singers, Ariadne Women’s Choir and the Church of the Epiphany in Sudbury, Ontario. David also leads and sings with the a cappella vocal 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 holds a Professional Certificate and is a 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 community partnerships that David enjoys being part of include the Lullaby Project-NL; the HMP-Phoenix Garden Project; and 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. Married and devoted to Jan, David is also owned by a vibrant border-collie, Nelllie, and spends a good deal of time singing outdoors with the largest choir on earth. (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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