Jeffrey van den Scott


CSTM Treasurer (2018-), Postdoctoral Fellow Tradition & Transition Research Partnership, Adjunct Professor of Musicologies, Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Memorial University of Newfoundland

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Jeffrey van den Scott is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Tradition & Transition Research Partnership of the Nunatsiavut Government and Memorial University, with a project titled “Inuk in the City: Musical Identity-Work among Nunatsiavut’s Urban Inuit.” He earned his PhD in Musicology at Northwestern University in 2016 with a research project which examines the intersection of composed Canadian music and the culture of the nation’s Inuit population. This study reveals the importance of the North in Canadian musical culture alongside a complex relationship between Inuit and Euro-Canadian populations, each of which expresses the desire to know the other.  As committed educator, in the past three years, Jeff has taught in Memorial’s School of Music, Department of Sociology, and Department of Archaeology, as well as the Faculty of Education at Brock University.

Jeffrey is also a musical director with a particular focus on community organizations. He has worked with choirs, bands, and opera in communities from Chicago to Newfoundland, and from Nunavut to Nova Scotia. In 2015-16, Jeffrey was Assistant Director of the Memorial Concert Band in Brantford, Ontario, where he sought to bring more Canadian compositions to the band’s repertoire. In 2017, Jeffrey started the Interfaith Choral Project – a St. John’s-based service choir committed to developing positive relationships among the cities Faith groups.