Kiera Galway

Assistant Professor — Music Education, Choral Society, Elliott Chorale
MC 225


Choral conductor, musician and educator Kiera Galway was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where a supportive family and community encouraged her musical growth. She completed Bachelors’ degrees in Bassoon Performance and Music History/Literature and Music Education and a Masters in Choral Conducting at Memorial University. Kiera then relocated to Toronto, Ontario, where she was active in the music community as a choral conductor and educator. While there, Kiera founded and directed the choral ensemble Toronto Chamber Voices and conducted the Massey College Choir. She also directed choirs and taught musicianship at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Dixon Hall Music School and University Settlement House. Kiera completed a Masters’ degree in Musicology and a PhD in Music Education at the University of Toronto.

Kiera returned to St. John’s in 2015, teaching at Memorial University and serving as the Director of Music at the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. She also played bassoon with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and worked as an administrator in the St. John’s music community, acting as the Executive Director of the Calos Youth Orchestras, Vice-Chair of provincial choral organization Choral NL and project manager for Podium 2018, Choral Canada’s national choral conference and festival. Kiera joined the faculty at Mount Allison University as Assistant Professor of Music Education and Choral Conducting in 2020.

Kiera’s research interests centre on placed-informed approaches to music and music education. Her PhD dissertation focused on cultural and musical geographies in Canada, mapping the intersections of space, identity, and music. 


Refereed Journal Articles

Bradley, D., Yerichuk, D., Dolloff, L., Galway, K., Robinson, K., Stark, J., Gould, E. (2017). Examining Equity in Tenure Processes at Higher Education Music Programs: An Institutional Ethnography. College Music Symposium, 57. DOI:

Galway, K. & D. Yerichuk. (2016). Making a Mess of Everything: Excursions Through Musics, Academics, Longing, and Belonging. Liminalities: a journal of performance studies, 12(1).

Bergonzi, L., Yerichuk, D., Galway, K., Gould, E. (2015). Demographics of Tenure-Stream Music Faculty in Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions.” Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music, 35(1), 79-104. DOI:

Galway, K. (2008). Review: Oh Boy! Masculinities and Popular Music. [Review of the book Oh Boy! Masculinities and Popular Music. Edited by F. Jarman-Ivens]. Notes. 65(2), 328-330. DOI: 10.1353/not.0.0103

Non-Refereed Publications

Galway, K. (2017). On the Canadian Music Centre. Program Notes for the Ottawa Choral Society’s Fall 2017 Concert: This is our Music.

Badenhorst, C., Goodnough, K., Azam, S., Gill, D. Moore, S., Stordy, M., Kilborn, M., Young, G., Penney, S., Pickett, S., Mcleod, H., Li, X., Lewis, L., Galway, K., Kondratieva, M., Joy, R., and Vaandering, D. (2016). Faculty writing groups as communities of practice: Shared decision-making and diverse perspectives create opportunities for learning together. (April).

Galway, K. (2014). On “Inclusion”. Anacrusis: Journal of the Association for Canadian Choral Conductors.     32(1).

Galway, K. (2013). What is a Community choir for? Anacrusis: Journal of the Association for Canadian Choral Conductors. 31(2).

Galway, K. (2012). Are we having fun yet? Negotiating “work” and “play” in community choir rehearsals. Anacrusis: Journal of the Association for Canadian Choral Conductors. 31(1).

Galway, K. (2011). The Ties that Bind: Singing for (and as) Community. Anacrusis: Journal of the Association for Canadian Choral Conductors. 30(1).

Galway, K. (2008). Reflections on the IFCM Conference in Voice, Youth and Arts Management. The International Choral Bulletin – Journal of the International Federation for Choral Music. (Spring).

Galway, K. (2008). The Voice of Youth: Summary and Reflections on the IFCM Conference in Voice, Youth and Arts Management. Anacrusis: Journal of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. 27 (3).


Ph.D. (Music Education) University of Toronto, 2017
M. A., (Musicology) University of Toronto, 2009
M. Mus., (Choral Conducting) Memorial University, 2008
B. Mus. Ed (Music Education), Memorial University, 2019
B. Mus., Hons. (Bassoon Performance and Music History/Literature) Memorial University, 2006 


Research Interests

Place-informed Pedagogy, teacher identity, spatial experience, community music, choral music, music and cultural studies. 

Grants, awards & honours

Gough Family Education Bursary, 2019 (Applicant: Dr. Kiera Galway)

Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music: Professional Development Grant, 2019 (Applicant: Dr. Kiera Galway)

Memorial University Office of Public Engagement Grant “Close Encounters of a Musical Kind: Open Dialogue Series on Singing and Song In collaboration with The International Symposium on Singing and Song II and Podium 2018 on the EDGE, 2018 (Principal Investigator: Dr. David Buley, Co-Applicants: Drs. Kiera Galway and Andrea Rose)

SSHRC Conference Grant, 2017 (Principal Investigator: Ki Adams, Co-Applicants: Kellie Walsh, Drs. Andrea Rose, Rachel Rensink-Hoff, John Wiebe and Kiera Galway).
Memorial University Office of Public Engagement Grant “The Making of a Newfoundland and Labrador Choral Federation”, 2017 (Principal Investigator: Dr. Andrea Rose, Co-Applicants: Ki Adams and Dr. Kiera Galway)

Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music “Come and I Will Sing You” Opening Gala Project, 2017 (Applicants: Ki Adams, Kellie Walsh and Drs. Kiera Galway and Andrea Rose).

Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music: Start-up grant for Choral NL, 2017 (Applicants Dr. Kiera Galway and Barry Roberts)

SHHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2014 (Applicant: Kiera Galway)

SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2014 (Principal Investigator: Dr. Liz Gould, Collaborator: Kiera Galway)


First Prize, CMEA Dr. Franklin Churchley Graduate Essay Competition, 2019. “Nesting Dolls, nested places: Making meaningful connections among music education, place and identity”

University of Toronto Music Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, 2014 

Royal Bank of Canada Emerging Artists Foundation Scholarship, 2014 

Vincent del Buono Prize for Outstanding Community Contribution to Massey College, 2012