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Robert Power

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Robert Power

Assistant professor
School of Music

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Mr. Power divides his time between teaching and playing as a professional musician. At Memorial, he is currently teaching percussion technique courses, applied percussion lessons and directs Memorial's percussion ensemble, the Scruncheons. In addition, Mr. Power plays in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, teaches privately and freelances as a contemporary classical percussionist. In his field, Mr. Power must be versatile in both styles of music and instrument, particularly with the increased popularity of world music.

Mr. Power's academic background was primarily performance-based, but during his master's degree at McGill, he also pursued research on percussion, and composers such as Bartok and Stravinsky, who wrote for percussion. After completing his M.Mus., Mr. Power spent six years in Toronto as a professional musician. There, he played with the North York Symphony, Toronto Sinfonietta, and in numerous pick-up orchestras and groups. Although he was based in Toronto, he spent much time travelling to nearby centres such as Kitchener, Windsor and London, playing with various ensembles.

As a Newfoundlander, and a former student, Mr. Power is especially pleased to be teaching at Memorial. He received his B.Mus. from Memorial in 1993, and his M.Mus. from McGill in 1996. Inspired by percussionist Don Wherry's achievements at Memorial's School of Music, Mr. Power is pleased to be able to continue Mr. Wherry's legacy of creativity, quality and integrity.

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