Joseph Donaghey

Joseph Donaghey holds an advanced diploma in performance from Cambrian College and a Bachelor’s degree in performance and composition from Memorial University. Joe draws influence and inspiration from the unique sounds of electronic music, the “music for guitarists” attitude of heavy metal, and the beautiful sound and wide abilities of the classical guitar. His hope is to expand the repertoire of the guitar in any form but with a focus on electronics. Joe currently works as a community music educator with the non-profit International Grenfell Association in rural Newfoundland.

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Bert Power

Bert Power (he/him) is a composer, percussionist, and improvisor from Arnold’s Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador. He studied percussion with Rob Power and Bill Brennan and is studying composition with Andrew Staniland and Clark Ross at Memorial University School of Music. Bert is a co-director of Nova Collective, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music in purposeful spaces. He has been involved with Sound Symposium since 2014 as a performer, improvisor, and technical assistant.

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Andrew Staniland

Andrew Staniland, a leading composer of his generation, has been recognized by election to the Inaugural Cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Royal Society of Canada. Andrew is currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland, where he founded MEARL (Memorial ElectroAcoustic Research Lab). At MEARL, Andrew leads a cross-disciplinary research team that has produced the innovative Mune digital instrument.

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Andrew Noseworthy

Andrew Noseworthy composer, guitarist and arranger, creates a place for unheard voices within unlikely ensembles and underplayed instruments. His music addresses the struggles of accepting or rejecting ‘locality’ while drawing from experiences of isolation within his hometown of Labrador West, the tight-knit arts community of St John’s, Newfoundland and the expansive scenes in New York City. Each facet of his work has grown out of close-collaborations between fellow new music advocates.

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Bekah Simms

Composer Bekah Simms‘ varied output has been heralded as “nuanced and complex” (NOW Magazine) and “cacophonous, jarring, oppressive — and totally engrossing!” (CBC Music). Propelled equally by fascination and terror toward the universe, her work is often filtered through the personal lens of her anxiety. Foremost among her current compositional interests is quotation and the friction between recognizability and complete obfuscation.

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