Beverley Diamond

2017 Honorary Member

Canadian ethnomusicologist Beverley Diamond (B.Mus, M.A. Ph.D. University of Toronto) was the first Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she established and directed the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place from 2003 to 2015. Now Professor Emeritus, she is one of the leading voices in ethnomusicology in Canada and on the international scene. Previously, she held positions at McGill, Queen's, and York Universities, as well as visiting professorships at the University of Toronto and Harvard University.

Diamond is especially known for her research on indigenous music cultures, Canadian historiography, and gender issues. Her research on indigenous music includes studies of traditional Inuit and First Nations song traditions, Sami music of Norway and Finland, indigenous audio recording, and expressive culture in connection with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Canadian residential schools for aboriginal students. Diamond's extensive publication list includes Visions of SoundMusical Instruments of First Nations Communities in Northeastern America (co-authored, 1994), Music and Gender (co-edited, 2000), Native American Music in Eastern North America (2008), and Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada: Echoes and Exchanges (co-edited, 2012), among other studies.

The only holder of the Tier One Canada Research Chair in Music to date, she has received the highest possible Canadian honors in recognition of her work in moving Canadian music and cultural studies in new directions, promoting cross-cultural perspectives on gendered musical practices, and for mentoring a generation of students who have gone on to assume leading roles in ethnomusicology inside and outside Canada. Diamond is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, considered the highest academic honor in Canada (elected 2008), and is a Member of the Order of Canada (2013). She was a Trudeau Foundation Fellow (2009-12), and received the Gold Medal of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2014). Diamond served as President of the Society for Ethnomusicology from 2013 to 2015, and a Festschrift in her honor was published in 2010 by Wilfred Laurier University Press: Music Traditions, Cultures, and Contexts.

Citation by John Koegel