Executive Committee


Harris M. Berger is Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology, Director of MMaP, and Professor of Music and Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland. A scholar working in the fields of ethnomusicology, folklore studies, and popular music studies, he has published widely on theoretical issues in the study of music and culture, as well as heavy metal music.

Anita Best is a traditional singer and storyteller working primarily with Newfoundland songs and stories. She also works as a broadcaster and folklorist. Anita has received several honours for her work in collecting and disseminating Newfoundland folksongs, including the Marius Barbeau award from the Folklore Studies Association of Canada and an Honorary doctorate from Memorial University. She was named to the Order of Canada in 2011.

Holly Everett is an Associate Professor of Folklore and Music.Her research interests include belief, material culture, music, occupational folklife, popular culture, and tourism. Her work has been published in Contemporary Legend, Cuizine, Ethnologies, Folklore, The Journal of American Folklore, Popular Music and Society, and The Folklore Historian, among others. Her book on roadside memorials, Roadside Crosses in Contemporary Memorial Culture, was published by the University of North Texas Press.

Rob Power  is an Associate Professor in the School of Music and is an active chamber musician, soloist, improviser, orchestral player, composer, teacher, and instrument builder. He maintains a large and vibrant studio of talented percussionists, and directs the renowned Scruncheons Percussion Ensemble. He is on the Artistic Committee of the Sound Symposium, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Committee, and performs regularly in a wide variety of musical collaborations. Rob is also a member of Newfoundland’s premiere African drum and dance ensemble Dzolali, and is the principal percussionist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. An avid builder of new and unusual percussion instruments, Power’s recent constructions include the po-pipes, glass triangle, PVC talking drum, the quarter-tone mirrorphone, and the glass marimba.


Andrea Rose is a violinist and professor of music education at Memorial University. She is an Artistic Director of the international choral festival, Festival 500 Sharing the
Voices, and the Founding Director of The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium. Her current research interests focus on arts and cultural education, critical/creative pedagogy in teacher education, online-based teaching and learning in music, and dialogue-based education and leadership. 

Neil Rosenberg is a musician and author of Bluegrass: A History (1985/2005), as well as Transforming Tradition (1993). Professor Emeritus of Folklore, he was MUNFLA's first archivist and its director from 1976 to 1990. He has published extensively on aspects of the music and folklore of Atlantic Canada, including Don Messer. Recipient of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada's Marius Barbeau Medal for lifetime achievement, he is also a Fellow of the American Folkore Society and a Grammy winner.

Christina Smith performs, records, teaches, and researches and publishes on the traditional dance music of Newfoundland and Labrador. She tours internationally as a duo with singer/guitarist Jean Hewson, and with Frank Maher and the Mahers Bahers. Both groups have released award-winning CDs on the Canadian Folk label Borealis. Smith actively passes the tradition along by working with young musicians in the Suzuki program and the Shallaway youth choir, in school fiddle programs around the province, and at music camps and workshops. She is currently researching Newfoundland dance music and working on a Newfoundland traditional fiddle method.

Cory W. Thorne is the Director of the Department of Folklore, and a specialist on theory (folklore, critical, and queer theory), popular culture, material culture, music, migration, and Newfoundland. His dissertation, Come From Away: Community, Region, and Tradition in Newfoundland Expatriate Identity, is an ethnographic study of Newfoundlanders living in Ontario and Virginia. Using critical regionalist theory, he examines the relationship between land development patterns (such as in suburbs) and folklore (as performed in the Newfoundland diaspora), in the quest to create more culturally, economically, and ecologically sustainable communities. Dr. Thorne is currently working on his first book, an oral history of the Newfoundland military bride community in Virginia.

Ian Sutherland is Dean and Associate Professor of the School of Music. Prior to his appointment at MUN, Dr Sutherland was Associate Dean for Research and Director of PhD studies at IEDC-Bled School of Management in Slovenia. Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, and internationally recognized as an expert in the intersection of the arts and business, Dr. Sutherland holds deegrees in music from Memorial and a PhD in sociology and philosophy from the University of Exeter (U.K.), and has published widely in the areas of business and arts management.  

Kati Szego is an Associate Professor in the School of Music.  She conducts research on Hawaiian music and has recently embarked on a collaborative project on Newfoundland accordion.



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