Beverley Diamond

An exceptional leader in conserving and promoting Aboriginal and Canadian traditional music and exploring contemporary media, she is recognized for her creative approach, bringing the study and practice of music to a new level.

Beverley Diamond is the Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she established and directs the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP). She received her training at the University of Toronto where she worked with Miezcyslaw Kolinksi. Prior to assuming her current position, she taught at McGill, Queen's, and York University, and held visiting appointments at the University of Toronto and Harvard University. Since the early 1970s, she has worked extensively in Inuit, First Nations, and, more recently, Sámi communities in Scandinavia and she has conducted oral history projects in multicultural communities in Canada. Her publications have explored cultural identity, feminist musicology, Canadian music historiography, Indigenous modernity, and the construction of social meaning via audio technologies. She has co-authored Visions of Sound (1994), and co-edited Canadian Music: Issues of Hegemony and Identity (1994) and Music and Gender (2000) and Post-Colonial Distances: Popular Music in Canada and Australia (2008). Her book, Native American Music of Eastern North America (2008) is part of Oxford University Press' Global Music Series. In 2008, she was elected to the Royal Society of Canada.