Meet Our Board & Staff
Colleen Power is a singer/songwriter, performer and broadcaster living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is a prolific and creative force in the Newfoundland and Labrador music scene. Always engaging, Colleen comfortably embraces multiple musical styles in both French and English, with lyrics ranging from heartfelt to comedic, political to personal. She is often a Newfoundland ambassador at Francophone festivals and events in Canada, and has released two full-length French albums.
As a broadcaster, Colleen has been featuring local and touring Artists on her show, the Colleen Power Hour on CHMR FM for the past nine years. In 2019 she was awarded the Music NL Media Person of the Year Award.
The Freshwater, Placentia Bay native got a solid start in the music scene with her vocal performance of “Mary Got a Baby” on 11:11 – Newfoundland Women Sing Songs of Ron and Connie Hynes in 1997. The recording later appeared on several other compilations.
Colleen’s debut recording, Lucky You Are in 2000 quickly showed that she is one of Canada’s finest songwriters. It was Reverb magazine’s number one album to buy in Atlantic Canada for 2000. Three songs were featured in CTV’s “The Associates” and several tracks received extensive airplay on national and international radio stations.
In 2001, Colleen won Music NL Female and Alternative artist of the year and received three East Coast Music Award nominations. The recording was named one of the top ten Newfoundland albums of all time by Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea in The Top 100 Canadian Albums, written by Bob Mersereau.
Colleen also enjoys performing in The Sauce, alongside Newfoundland rock pioneer, Liz Solo, with Mike Kean. MCP is a another of Colleen’s projects, along with Singer/Songwriter Neil Conway. Both projects have released well-received recordings and videos.
With multiple awards, a breadth of experience and extensive song catalogue, Colleen Power is going strong since her 2017 studio album, Raised on This, a collection of traditional Irish, Newfoundland and Celtic songs that are close to Colleen’s heart. She was the only Newfoundlander/Labradorian featured on CBC Radio Canada’s “5 Degrés”, a one-hour television program about Atlantic-Canadian Francophone Artists, which aired in March 2020. She is often commissioned by CBC Radio One NL to write satirical songs about current events.
Colleen and her band are currently recording a new album to be released in Winter 2020.
Rozalind MacPhail brings over 25 years of experience working in the music industry. In her role as Executive Director and Vice-President of AFM Local 820, Rozalind helps musicians learn about pension, instrument insurance, filing contracts, applying for U.S. touring and more. Outside of the office, Rozalind works as a touring artist, film composer, session musician, music educator and life coach.
Dave Sharp is the contractor and co-band leader of the musical group, Idlewild. He plays Celtic Flute, Silver Flute, Whistle, Recorders, Mountain Dulcimer, Epinette, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Cittern, Clawhammer Banjos, Guitar, Fiddle, Dance Caller, Storyteller, Puppeteer, Bodhran, teaches and sings tenor vocals. Dave has an extensive collection of world flutes that he plays.
Dave has played music with many ethnic groups from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and writes and composes music in a variety of styles.
He enjoys researching and playing all kinds of ethnic and traditional tunes. He is also an animator/illustrator (network television for 19 years), Professional Sculptor, commercial artist, instrument maker, draftsmen and woodcarver. Dave has been the Business Agent for the American Federation of Musicians, Local 104 for the past 21 years.
In 2013, after almost 10 years, Kate Read returned to Newfoundland and rejoined the Atlantic String Quartet (winners of MusicNL Classical Musicians of the year, 2021) and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra as Principal Violist, where she had already played for 3 seasons between 2001 and 2004. Kate is also the violist of Dark by Five, resident ensemble at Gros Morne Summer Music, Harbourlight Piano Quartet and Principal Violist with Opera on the Avalon.
In 2005 Kate won a position with the internationally renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra, London, England, where she was a member of the viola section for 6 years. During her time in London she also regularly played with the distinguished Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra of London, touring the major concert halls of the world. In 2011 the draw of chamber music combined with the lure of astonishing natural surroundings led Kate to the north of Norway to play with chamber group MiNensemblet, with whom she performed throughout Norway and internationally.
Mike Slute is a performer/songwriter with over 20 years of experience in the music industry. Mike has worked as a touring performer, signed artist, tour manager, music supervisor, and as a P.R.0. administrator. He has had the pleasure of working with some of North America's best musicians. Vocals and guitar are his primary instruments. Mike's hobbies include photography, bikes, and spending time with his dog.
Born and raised in Pouch Cove, Jamie Moran has been a gigging musician and mentor in various music circles for the past eight years. A recent graduate of the MUN School of Music percussion program under the instruction of Rob Power and Bill Brennan, Jamie has performed with many ensembles during his time at MUN including the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Scruncheons Percussion Ensemble, MUN Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Festival Choir. Outside of school, Jamie performs with multiple local Newfoundland folk bands, such as The Celtic Fiddlers and The Colonial Bhoys. Within these groups, Jamie plays many different instruments, such as the guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, bodhran, banjo, drums, and he also sings.
In 2020, he received the Dermot O’Reilly Legacy Award for his support and conservation of the traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador, and in 2021 he received the Award for Outstanding Self-Directed Learning from MUN for his Gerald S. Doyle Newfoundland Songbook project. Past performances for Jamie include the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, George Street Festival, and he has toured the Kittiwake Coast as a Cultural Ambassador for the Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation.
As a teacher, Jamie has taught percussion as part of the MUN Junior Band Week and folk music through the Young Folk at the Hall program, He currently teaches private music lessons and is in the Bachelor of Music Education program at MUN to teach in the school system. In Fall 2020, he joined the Newfoundland and Labrador Band Association as a student representative and will be part of talks with music educators throughout Newfoundland and Labrador regarding music education in the K-12 school system in the province.