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. During the 2013-14 academic year, Dr. Gordon will serve as acting director of the Institute for Canadian Music (ICM). The ICM was established in 1984 under a generous grant from the late Floyd S. Chalmers to play a catalytic role in the study of Canadian music. Since its inception, ICM has sponsored conferences, publications, festivals and recordings in meeting its mandate to advocate for and encourage research on Canadian music. Previous ICM directors have included John Beckwith, Carl Morey and Robin Elliott.
Recently retired from Memorial, Dr. Gordon was Director of the School of Music between 2000 and 2010, a period of intensive growth at the School. His research on the influence of Moravian music traditions in Inuit communities in Labrador has been chronicled in a documentary film Till We Meet Again. Dr. Gordon is widely known as an influential advocate for music and cultural heritage in Newfoundland and Labrador and recently served a term as chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.