Our Team

Meet the Artistic Directors.

  • Ki Adams

  • Ki Adams

    In 1974, Ki Adams moved from the USA to Canada for a teaching adventure in Newfoundland and Labrador. He never returned. Instead, like many others who come to the island for a visit, he decided to stay. With a BMusEd (Evangel College) and MMus Organ (Northwestern University), he was the first music teacher at Eugene Vaters Academy/Collegiate, an all-grade school in St. John’s. There he developed a comprehensive K-12 classroom/choral program with award-winning choirs. After 13 years teaching, Ki became Music Consultant with the provincial Department of Education where he worked with music teachers across the island to design and implement the music education curriculum for the province. In 1995, he accepted a tenure-track position at Memorial University (MUN) Faculty of Education, cross-appointed to the School of Music, where he taught graduate/undergraduate courses in music education and organ. Keenly aware of the importance of life-long learning, Ki completed specialist diploma programs in both Kodály methodology (University of Calgary) and Orff-Schulwerk (Hamline University). In addition to teaching at MUN, Ki taught at Western University and Acadia University in Kodály summer programs.

    Ki’s research and writing range from his career-long involvement in the publication of music education curriculum documents/resources, many specifically related to choral music education, to papers and presentations on choral music education at national and international conferences. Ki has been an active choral conductor and organist for over 50 years. From 1992-2006, he was Founding Associate Conductor/Accompanist for Shallaway Youth Choir (formerly Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir.

    Ki has held executive positions with provincial, national, and international choral professional organizations: Choral Canada, International Kodály Society, Kodály Society of Canada. Currently, he is International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) Board Member, World Youth Choir Foundation President, and The Singing Network Co-Founder/Co-Director. He is currently Music Director at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church.

  • Andrea Rose

  • Andrea Rose

    Andrea Rose enjoys an active role in music/arts at local – international contexts as a musician, educator, scholar, and organizational leader. She holds undergraduate degrees in music and music education (Memorial University), and Masters in Music and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA). 

    Following a ten-year period as music teacher at Holy Heart High School in St. John’s, NL Andrea began her career as professor, Memorial University. Upon her recent retirement, Andrea was awarded the prestigious designations of Professor Emerita and Honorary Research Professor. She is also the recipient of awards including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching (MUN), Honorary Life Member (Canadian Music Educators’ Association, Founders’ Award for Achievement in the Arts (HHM), and the designation of 3M National Teaching Fellow by the Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

    Andrea has served in leadership roles with organizations including the International Society for Music Education, Debut Atlantic, Action Canada, and Teach for Canada. She is currently Director of Higher Learning with The Canadian Music Educators’ Association, and Director/Advisor for Education and Outreach Programs, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. 

    A past Co-Artistic Director of FESTIVAL 500 Sharing the Voices International Choral Festival and founding Co-Director of The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposia, Andrea is the Co-Founder/Director of The Singing Network (TSN). The TSN has hosted Choral Canada’s national festival and conference PODIUM on the EDGE: Singing from Sea to Sea to Sea, and has partnered with the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) to present The Exchange! components of two World Choral EXPOs in Lisbon, Portugal (2019/2022). 

    Andrea is delighted to be a part of creating and presenting HarbourVOICES! and looks forward to our harbours and shores being filled with singing and songs as we share cultures, traditions, and stories!

  • David Buley

  • David Buley

    David Buley enjoys his lengthy career of teaching classroom and private lessons in music, conducting choirs, accompanying for ballet companies, and playing various instruments. He was a long-time member of And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon, the Epilogue of R. Murray Schafer’s Patria cycle, and has acted as the Music Director for performances of Schafer’s Zoroaster (Soundstreams), as well as  The Enchanted Forest, and The Princess of the Stars for Patria Music Theatre Productions. His resumé includes: Organist for the Princeton Theological Seminary Touring Choir;  Music Director of: The Windsor Classic Chorale, (Windsor, Ontario); Saint George’s Round Church (Halifax, Nova Scotia); Acadia University Chorus and the Acadia Vocal Ensemble – under his leadership a semi-finalist in the CBC Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs. David has also conducted university opera productions and led numerous choral singing tours to Europe and the U.S.A. He is the founder of Young Sudbury Singers and Ariadne Women’s Chamber Choir of Sudbury, Ontario, and founding director and singer with the a cappella ensemble, Octatonic Decadence – a winner of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals’ Richard W. Cooke prize.

    David studied at the University of Kings’ College and St. Mary’s University in Halifax, NS, with further graduate degrees in choral conducting, sacred music, liturgical studies and musicology through study at Westminster Choir College and Drew University, NJ. David holds a Professional Certificate and is a License candidate (DEIEB) in Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and will give a keynote address at the International Conference on Dalcroze Studies in Pittsburg, in 2023. David is Associate Professor of Music Education in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL, and is the Music Director at St. Mary’s Anglican Church. 

    With deep interest in music and education in and through community, David is a recipient of the Rainbow District School Board’s Joan Mantle Music Trust Community Award as well as the Sudbury Community Builders Award of Excellence. He serves on of the Board of Directors of Strong Harbour Strings and of the Bruneau Center For Excellence in Choral Music. Current community partnerships that David enjoys being part of include the Lullaby Project-NL; the SSHRC-funded project: Community Music in Coastal Labrador; and the HMP-Phoenix Garden Project the 2022 recipient of the Memorial University President’s Award for Public Engagement. Married and devoted to Jan, David is also owned by a vibrant border-collie, Nellie, and spends a good deal of time singing outdoors with the largest choir on earth.

  • Kellie Walsh

  • Kellie Walsh

    Kellie Walsh is the Artistic Director of the internationally celebrated youth chorus, Shallaway Youth Choir, the founder and Artistic Director of the internationally award-winning Lady Cove Women’s Choir, the co-founder and now Artistic Director Emeritus of Newman Sound Men’s Choir, has most recently co-founded the Inuit Youth Choir Ullûgiagatsuk from Nunatsiavut, Labrador, and is the immediate Past President of Canada’s national choral organization, Choral Canada.

    She is an active guest conductor, speaker, member, collaborator, and innovator.

    Kellie’s work has brought her across Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. As acclaimed as the choirs she conducts, Kellie’s true passion is most profoundly understood by the use of choral music as a medium to unite people and cultures, transcending geography and societal, political and economic circumstances. From deep and proud roots in Newfoundland and Labrador, she has become known in Canada, and internationally, for embracing the medium of choral singing as an opportunity to explore leadership potential, sociocultural identity building, reciprocal respectful cultural collaborations, and the transformative impact of choral singing and sharing.  

  • Angela Warren

    Festival Director

  • Angela Warren

    Angela Warren is the K-9 classroom music teacher, choir director and drama specialist at Lakecrest Independent School in St. John’s, Newfoundland, a member of the Shallaway faculty and the owner and operator of Cantabile Vocal Enrichment Studio. Receiving a Master of Arts in Music Education, with a concentration in choral conducting, and a Mastery Certification in Orff Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, Angela also received her Bachelor of Music and Music Education Degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

    As active presenter and clinician for national, provincial, and local music conferences, Angela is passionate about offering workshops in the Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy to music teachers in the K-6 setting. Angela is also the co-author of  two music education resource books for the elementary music classroom: The Book Tree and Riddle I Day. In her free time Angela enjoys hiking, travelling, cooking, spending time with her puppy, Molly, as well as well singing in the internationally acclaimed choir Lady Cove.

    Angela is very excited to be working with HarbourVOICES! this year as Festival Director and looks forward to welcoming the choral world to Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Kerri MacPhee

    Project Manager

  • Kerri MacPhee

    Kerri MacPhee is a musician, conductor, teacher, and administrator who holds degrees from Texas Tech University, Memorial University, and Mount Allison University. MacPhee was the first RBC Emerging Artist Resident Conductor of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and is a founding-member and current Communications Officer for the Newfoundland and Labrador Band Association. She is currently the Musical Director for the Tenacious String Orchestra in St. John’s, NL.

    An avid administrator and project manager, Kerri enjoys the multifaceted challenges of large scale arts projects. In 2018, she was the producer and project manager for “…float… Sight & Sound” an immersive outdoor arts experience with visual installations, live actors, and exquisite choral music, administered by Choral Canada, Jillian Kieley, and Shawn Kerwin, Co-Creators.

    In her musical life, MacPhee has enjoyed many conducting and adjudicating placements, particularly during her time completing her doctorate at Texas Tech University, and as a staff member of the 400-person Goin’ Band from Raiderland marching band. She is also a Lieutenant (Navy) in the Canadian Armed Forces, and is active leader in the cadet music and marching band programs. Kerri has also been an Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2016.

  • Sarah Newell


  • Sarah Newell

    Sarah is a musical artist originally from Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a Memorial University Alumnus, having completed her Bachelor of Music in 2018 and her Bachelor of Music Education in 2020. Sarah has been working in the music sector for over 7 years and is currently the co-lead vocalist and saxophonist of the alternative pop band, With Violet.

    Sarah’s history in the arts paired with her passion for business gives her a unique approach to any project.

    Meet our Partners & Sponsors

    HarbourVOICES! International Festival of Collective Singing Traditions is presented in partnership with Celebrate NL, The Singing Network, MusicNL, and Shallaway Youth Choirs. We are proud to be an anchor event of ‘2024 Year of the Arts’. We look forward to building additional partnerships and collaborations in the making and presentation of this unique international festival.

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