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Virtual Open House

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.

View the full schedule of events for Memorial University's Virtual Open House and register in advance here.

Q&A for Auditioning Students

We’re holding another information session for prospective students! Join us on Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30pm NST (6:00pm EST). Dean of the School of Music Dr. Karen Bulmer will be joined by composition professor Dr. Clark Ross and undergraduate saxophonist Matthew Roome.

Join the Zoom session at this link!


Dr. Andrew Staniland releases Reddened by Hammer

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

Filmed on location at the MEARL (Memorial ElectroAcoustic Research Lab). To find out more about studying composition at Memorial University's School of Music, explore our Programs here


Thinking about applying? We want to meet you!

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!


Ben Diamond Named to 30 Under 30 List

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.

Consciously Choosing Music

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.


New Album of Music by Clifford Crawley

Professor Emeritus and pianist Maureen Volk announces the release of her new album Clifford Crawley: Moods & Miniatures.

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).


Music At Memorial Concert Series Update

Hello Friends;

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.


Ian Sutherland

Dean, School of Music



Soaring Outreach

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

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Call for Nominations

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:

Newfound Music Festival XVII

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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Music@Noon: Ripple Effect with Karen Bulmer

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.

Aiding & Abetting: MUN Music featured at Sound Symposium's electronic music festival, ONSOUND.

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.


Music Students Win Big at National Festival

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!

Music Faculty member off to New Zealand

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!


Louise MacPherson Memorial Award Winner Announced

A big congratulation is in order for Nader Tabrizchi, who was recently named this year's winner of the Louise MacPherson Memorial Award! Tabrizchi was granted this award for his composition ‘Alienation for violin and piano’, submitted to the National Student Composition Class.


Winners of the 2019 Concerto Competition!

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!



Memorial University School of Music ECMA Winners

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


Opera workshop presents 'spirited' productions

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.



Raising their voices to share Innuit musical heritage

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.


Newfound Music Festival an homage to everything new!

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.



Music student Oxford bound for next big performance

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.

Music and Engineering play with feeling to create new instrument

“If the body made music, what would that sound like? As a composer, it’s an interesting question to ask.”


Curiosity and detective work lead to latest recording

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.


Award-winning dissertation breaks new ground

Ethiopia is home to the Arsi Oromo peoples, who live mainly in rural communities raising animals and farming.


Ethnomusicology dissertation named best in Canada

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.

Staniland ballet featured on National Arts Centre Orchestra recording

What a year it’s been for Music@Memorial’s Dr. Andrew Staniland! And that’s no understatement.

2017/18 concert series ready to launch

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. 



Pursue your passion for music - even if you're not a Music student!

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!



New graduate has instrumental experience at Memorial's School of Music

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.


New students get a warm-up to student life through SOAR

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.

Junior Band Week registration deadline coming up!

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!

Port-au-Port fable is basis for latest Opera RoadShow production

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.

MMaP partners on "Fancy" new recording

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.


Share your well wishes with new Music grads!

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!

School of Music receives Creative Arts Award

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.


Student wins composition competition

Fourth-year composition student Ben Taylor is the recipient of the 2017 Terra Nova Program Composition Competition. 



Shallaway partnership

Shallaway's artistic director, Kellie Walsh on a new ensemble, Lauda.



Welcome to our Rock Star

Dr Harris Berger was appointed CRC in Ethnomusicology on Friday December 2nd.


Congratulations to IICSI

Heble won the 2016 SSHRC Impact Award in the Partnership Grant category for IICSI.


Congratulations to Dr Diamond

Congratulations to Dr Beverley Diamond who was publicly recognized as professor emeritus during convocation.

Research in the Community

Linking to two articles about research led by School of Music professor, Dr. Jane Gosine.

Visiting Voice Specialist

Dr Darryl Edwards is visiting the School of Music for a series of workshops and presentations.


Presenting Dr. Mark Finch

Dr. Mark Finch has successfully defended his PhD dissertation in the Ethnomusicology graduate program at Memorial University.

Fellowship for Griffioen

Congratulations to Jenny Griffioen who was awarded the F.A. Aldrich Fellowship.

Two Professors become Royal Society of Canada Fellows

Congratulations to Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves who have been elected fellows to the Royal Society of Canada.


Regehr Releases App

A team led by Dr Vernon Regehr has released their App on iTunes.

Sutherland Wins Award

Dr Sutherland won Outstanding Article of the Year Award from influential journal.

MUN Startup Goes to Kickstarter

A soulful digital musical instrument is born right here and hits Kickstarter for a chance at manufacture.

Talking with Ellen Waterman

Dr. Ellen Waterman talks about her new book and about the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. 

40th Anniversary Reunion

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! 


Music of the Heart

Researchers explore social, expressive and cultural benefits of community music therapy.

School of Music Researcher Curates Acadian Dance Exhibition

Dr. Meghan Forsyth opened a new exhibition she curated on Acadian dance traditions at the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island.


Two Alumni Win Arts & Letters Awards

Rebecca Simms and Aiden Hartery both won 2016 Newfoundland & Labrador Arts & Letters Awards.

BMus Student Joins Navy Band

Trombonist Joshua Penney joins the Stadacona Band of The Royal Canadian Navy in September.


New Dean at the School of Music

The School of Music has a new dean, School of Music alumnus Dr. Ian Sutherland.

MUN professor presenting NYOC Workshop

School of Music professor presenting performance psychology workshop at NYOC.

2016 Terra Nova Composition Competition Winners

Two School of Music student composers tie for first prize.

Kjellrun Hestekin Memorial Fund Contribution

Cheque for $3,000 received from Jazz East and the Gower Community Band.

School of Music Grad Students and Alum Win at Junos

Memorial's graduate music programs were well represented at this year's Juno awards.


Faculty Member Receives Prestigious Commission

Composer Andrew Staniland has received a prestigious commission from the National Arts Centre.


Clifford Crawley

The School of Music has lost a very dear friend and colleague.

Music Student Wins International Essay Contest

An essay written by an undergraduate student in the music program, has been accepted for publication in Nota Bene.



Circle of Conversation

Memorial University and the Nunatsiavut Government are collaborating on a five year research initiative.


Music Professor to be honoured by University of Lethbridge

Dr. Andrew Staniland has been named the University of Lethbridge Alumni Association’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.


Dance Symposium to Celebrate Naming of Community Dance Studio

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.

Guitarists win top prizes at international competition

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.


ECMA success for School of Music

Memorial’s School of Music has long served as a talent incubator for Newfoundland and Labrador’s prolific music community.

Grants Awarded for Excellence in Choral Music

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.


Student Wins Prize at Aldrich Conference

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.


Piano Fundraising Campaign a Success

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.



Great Friend of Music, Helen MacLeod Celebrates 100th Birthday

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!

Beverley Diamond wins SSHRC Gold Medal

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.

StringFest 2014

This week-end, over 60 young string players will come together for StringFest 2014.


Staniland named to Royal Society of Canada College

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.  

Search for Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology underway

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.


Developing tomorrow's leaders through song

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.”


MUN Song Academy

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 and MUN Wind Ensemble at The Rooms

Redshift presents a Newfoundland Premiere Performance of their Vertical Orchestra East: Trade Winds at The Rooms.



First Memorial ECMA

A professor of composition recently achieved a milestone for Memorial’s School of Music – its first East Coast Music Award (ECMA).


Renowned Choral Conductor Dale Warland at Memorial

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.


Music Professor wins 3M Teaching Fellowship

Dr. Maureen Volk, professor with the School of Music at Memorial, has been recognized as one of the nation’s top teachers.

School of Music receives major scholarship endowment

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.

Documenting the Present/Visioning the Past

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.


Newfound Music - Wednesday cancellation

Due to the weather, the university will be closed this evening, Wednesday, 29th January.

Newfound Music XI

NOTE: Changes have been made to the Newfound Music Festival Schedule. See the new schedule of events here -

Faculty CD Recording wins Critical Praise

Musicologist, Paul F. Rice, has embarked on an extended research project dealing with the career of the singer, composer and concert director, Venanzio Rauzzini.

BMus Application Deadline Extended

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.




Music and Science Student Province's Newest Rhodes Scholar

Anthony Payne of Pasadena is Newfoundland and Labrador’s newest Rhodes Scholar.

Music Alumnus wins Conducting Award

Ontario Arts Council article on MUN Alumnus, Martin MacDonald receiving the 2013 Heinz Unger Award.


A Call for Choral Music

Have a vision for choral music in Newfoundland and Labrador? Now is your chance to dream big.

Joy! Choir and Orchestra

Joy! brings together Christmas choral favourites with sparkling contemporary music!


Student Publishes Book on Music in the Faroes

Joshua Green has published his first book, Music-making in the Faroes in June 2013.

Tom Gordon Named Acting Director of Institute for Canadian Music

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.

Kati Szego Named Editor of Prestigious Music Journal

Dr. Kati Szego of the School of Music at Memorial University has been named the editor of the prestigious journal Yearbook for Traditional Music.

Ethnomusicology Graduate Named Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Marion MacLeod, a graduate of the School of Music, has been named Fulbright Scholar.

Postdoctoral Fellow awarded SSHRC Research Grant

Dr. Meghan Forsyth has been awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant for her project "Dansez! Acadian Dance Traditions on Prince Edward Island, Past and Present."

Dancing Across the Diaspora

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.”


MUN Song Academy Launched

June 24 to 29 is a week of song at Memorial School of Music.

Steve Cowan wins International Guitar Competition

Congratulations to MUN School of Music alumnus Steve Cowan this year's winner of the Boston GuitarFest International competition. 


School of Music renames Petro-Canada Hall to Suncor Energy Hall

Memorial University announced Wednesday a renaming of the School of Music’s Petro-Canada Hall to Suncor Energy Hall.



Newman Sound Men's Choir are World Champions

Congratulations to Newman Sound Men’s Chamber Choir on their championship win at the World Choir Games.


Dr. Doug Dunsmore wins Arts Achievement Award

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.

Dr Beverley Diamond wins research excellence award

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.


Apr├Ęs Scarlatti: New works inspired by a keyboard master

Pianist Kristina Szutor, professor at the School of Music, Memorial University, has released her second solo CD entitled Après Scarlatti, a recording that brings together a variety of contemporary piano pieces written in homage to the Baroque keyboard master Domencio Scarlatti.

Jane Leibel releases second CD

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.


Music Students Featured on CBC

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


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