Music Education for Newfoudland and Labrador and beyond MUN Music Education

David Buley (ED 2515, ED 2520, ED 4870/71; Interim Music Education Co-ordinator)

David enjoys his lengthy career of teaching classroom and private lessons in music, conducting choirs, accompanying for ballet companies and playing various instruments. He is a graduate of the University of Kings’ College and St. Mary’s University in Halifax, NS, and holds graduate degrees in choral conducting, sacred music, liturgical studies and musicology through study at Westminster Choir College and Drew University, where he has studied primarily with Robin Leaver, Robert Carwithen, Alan Crowell, James Jordan, and Joseph Flummerfelt.

David was a long-time member of, and conductor for,
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 produced by Soundstreams Canada, as well as for The Enchanted Forest, and The Princess of the Stars for Patria Music Theatre Productions. David has also conducted university opera productions, including Bernstein’s Candide, and Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, and led numerous choral singing tours to Europe and the U.S.A. 

His lengthy resumé includes work as Organist for the Princeton Theological Seminary Touring Choir, and Music Director of: The Windsor Classic Chorale, (Windsor, Ontario); The Couchiching Young Singers  (Orillia, Ontario); Saint George’s Round Church (Halifax, Nova Scotia); as well as of the Acadia University Chorus and the Acadia Vocal Ensemble – under his leadership a semi-finalist in the CBC Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs. He is the founder of Young Sudbury Singers as well as 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. 

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 is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Strong Harbour Strings and of the Bruneau Center For Excellence in Choral Music.

David is a specialist and License candidate (
DEIEB) in Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and regularly offers workshops in music education, choral music and vocal technique, as well the worship arts, and enjoys numerous adjudicating experiences.

Current research interests and community partnerships of David’s include the
Lullaby Project-NL, the SSHRC-funded project: Community Music in Coastal Labrador, as well as the joy and privilege of making music weekly with the Lauda  Ensemble of Shallaway Youth Choir. David curates a weekly musical offering called Sundays @ Seven at the Anglican Cathedral in St. John’s. Married and devoted to Jan, David is also owned by a vibrant border-collie, Nelllie, and spends a good deal of time singing outdoors with the largest choir on earth.