Adjunct Faculty (Ethnomusicology)
Director, Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music (BCECM)
Project Coordinator and Researcher, Research Centre for Music Media and Place (MMaP)
B. Mus. (Lethbridge)
M. Phil. (Cambridge)
Meghan Forsyth is an ethnomusicologist specializing in instrumental music and dance traditions of the Acadian diaspora, with particular geographic focus on communities in eastern Canada and along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Her current research explores intradiasporic transnationalism and secular pilgrimage in the context of the pentennial Congrès mondial acadien (Acadian World Congress), as well as the instrumental music traditions of les Îles-de-la-Madeleine (the Magdalen Islands) of Quebec. She is the Director of the Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music (2016-present), Project Coordinator and Researcher for the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place (MMaP), and a lecturer in ethnomusicology and popular music at Memorial University. In 2017, Forsyth was awarded the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Lecturers).
In 2016, Forsyth curated a SSHRC-funded multimedia exhibit and website (www.danseacadienne.ca) on Acadian dance traditions on Prince Edward Island, in collaboration with le Musée acadien de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, which was awarded the 2016 Prix Gilbert-Buote.
She is the co-author with Dr. Ursula Kelly of Music of our Burnished Axes: Songs and Stories of the Woods Workers of Newfoundland and Labrador (forthcoming, ISER Books), and a new traveling, multimedia exhibition on the Newfoundland Forestry Corps and the Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit.
Forsyth has published articles in the Journal of the Society for American Music, Shima: the International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, MUSICultures, and Canadian Folk Music. She is a contributing author to Bellows and Bows: Historic Recordings of Traditional Fiddle and Accordion Music from Across Canada (2012), a collaborator on Les Faiseaux des tunes/Tunesmiths: Le premier repertoire de compositions acadiennes de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard (the first collection of Acadian compositions from Prince Edward Island). A book chapter on improvisation in the traditional fiddle music of les Îles-de-la-Madeleine is forthcoming in Traditional Music in Canada: Contemporary Expressions and Cultural Resonances.
Prior to joining the School of Music in 2014, Forsyth taught at Ryerson University in Toronto, and she held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at MUN from 2011-2013. An active fiddler and violinist, from 2000-2003 toured with Alberta-based singer-songwriter John Wort Hannam and co-organized the annual Prince Edward Island fiddle camp in 2012 and 2013.