A Word from the Symposium Co-Chairs


  • Andrea Rose Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Ki Adams Memorial University of Newfoundland

Author Biography

Ki Adams, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Ki Adams, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education (Music Education) and School of Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In addition to a graduate degree in Organ, he has completed specialist diploma programs in both the Kodály method of music education and Orff-Schulwerk. Prior to coming to Memorial University, he directed the classroom/choral music program at a K-12 school and served as the Provincial Music Consultant with the Department of Education. Ki continues to play a central leadership role in designing and implementing the music education curriculum for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Keenly aware of the impact and power of professional organizations, Ki has held executive positions with provincial, national, and international music education organizations: President of the Music Council of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association, President of the Kodály Society of Canada (KSC) and Secretary-Treasurer of the International Kodály Society (IKS). He is currently President of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC). Passionate about celebrating choral music and bringing choirs and singers to Newfoundland, Ki is a Founding Artistic Director of Festival 500 as well as Co-Director of the festival’s Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium. To complement his university teaching and leadership activities in professional organizations and festivals, Ki is active as a choral conductor and performer. He is Music Director at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church and retired after 14 years as Associate Conductor and Accompanist of Shallaway (formerly Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir).