Virtual Event | World Music Day
June 19, 2023 (7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
LOCATION: Microsoft Teams link (which will be provided to registrants by email)
Join us for a virtual event hosted by Oonagh Proudfoot, Executive Director, Alumni Affairs ('93, '06) and hear from panelists Sarah Pound ('08), Amy Cameron ('20, '22) and Greg Harrison ('08) as they share their individual passions for music, their experiences as musicians and what they have been doing post-graduation from Acadia's School of Music program.
Panelists: Greg Harrison ('08), Sarah Pound ('08), Amy Cameron ('20, '22)
Gregory Harrison is an ECMA award-winning and Dora-nominated composer and performer based in Toronto. He has been described as a "percussion and electronics wizard” (Bob Boilen, NPR Music) and thrives on exploring the space between organic and electronic mediums. His extensive resume spans artists and groups including Jeremy Dutcher, Cirque du Soleil, Video Games Live, Toronto Dance Theatre, R. Murray Schafer, and Fred Penner.
He has performed extensively internationally at notable venues such as Massey Hall, NPR Tiny Desk Concerts, the JUNOs, and The Kennedy Center. In recent years, Harrison's commissions have been coveted by Kaeja d'Dance, ProArte Danza, Toronto Dance Theatre, Human Body Expression, Architek Percussion, Fifth Wind Quintet, CCDT, Dr. Morris Palter (University of Arizona), Popular Demand Pictures Inc., NB Tourism, and Division 85 Films. Harrison is also co-founder of his groups Mear and Taktus marimba duo. For more info, please visit: www.grejmusic.com
Sarah Pound, (’08, Bachelor of Music Therapy), is a singer-songwriter, performer, recording artist and Canadian Accredited Music Therapist. Sarah has two solo studio albums, one live recording and appears on several other compilation records. She has composed for the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, been a guest on East Coast Music Unplugged television series and was recently invited to present through the Canadian Network for Imagination and Creativity at the UNESCO World Creativity Virtual Conference in 2022.
Sarah has brought her solo act to music festivals such as the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and Deep Roots Music Festival. She sings and plays the acoustic guitar and keyboard in The Sundries (a country/Americana band) and she also performs in a Tom Waits tribute project. She formerly sang in a 15-piece Motown dance-band, Bluesmobile, and spent a season performing with The Big Valley Swing Orchestra, which particularly shone at the Halifax Jazz Festival.
Sarah spent her youth traveling between Nova Scotia, Québec, Maine and California, and she started performing and studying music with her many teachers and musical family members before she began school. Already an avid performer as a teenager, she developed vocal chord nodules and spent a year following strict vocal rest, only to later undergo and recover from vocal cord surgery. These life challenges ignited Sarah’s interest in music therapy and classical vocal training in university. Although Sarah still enjoys singing in a variety of styles, most of her originals have strong elements of soul, folk, country and pop. Her music can be found on all streaming platforms and her official music video for “Swing on Your Swing” on YouTube.
Sarah continues to stay connected to the Women of Wolfville theatre troupe, which recently celebrated 20 years of productions and community involvement, and she is a big believer in grassroots community-centered initiatives that foster creativity, collaboration and wellness. Sarah is also a registered yoga teacher and brings weekly music and movement programs to several Annapolis Valley community halls and studio spaces, not to mention her new online offerings through Yoga with Sarah.
Amy Cameron is a 25-year-old music teacher in the Annapolis Valley. Originally from Cape Breton, Amy moved to Wolfville in 2016 to begin her academic journey in music and has resided in Wolfville ever since. In 2020, Amy became an alum of Acadia University, obtaining a Bachelor of Music, and quickly returned to her studies to get a Bachelor of Education to pursue her music career as an educator.
Amy has been involved in several musical opportunities outside of her teaching career, such as the Acadia University Wind Ensemble, volunteering and working as a clinician for a variety of youth bands across Nova Scotia as well as various theatre productions. Her passion for child development led her to be heavily involved in community organizations such as Acadia University's Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience (S.M.I.L.E.) program and the non-profit organization, Autism Nova Scotia. In 2021, she published her first article in the Canadian Winds Academic Journal for her research on music education in a post-pandemic world. This year, Amy began her professional career teaching music at Aldershot Elementary School in Kentville and has been loving every minute of being an elementary music educator!