Resident Conductor GSO
Alexander Cannon is the Resident Conductor of the Guelph Symphony and served as the Music Director of the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra, from 2019-21. He has served as the Assistant Conductor for the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and conducted youth orchestras at the El Sistema-modeled social program at the Saint James Music Academy in Vancouver. Alexander has been mentored in conducting by Don Schleicher, Larry Rachleff, and Cristian Macelaru.
In addition to formal degrees in trumpet performance – including a doctorate degree from the University of British Columbia – Cannon studied at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Pierre Monteux School in Maine, the Lake Placid Institute in New York, and the Center for Advanced Studies at Chosen Vale in New Hampshire. Cannon has performed on trumpet with Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, the Turning Point Ensemble, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Dr. Cannon served as the Head of Brass at the Vancouver Academy of Music, with his brass students attending Interlochen, Tanglewood, California Institute of the Arts, the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, and the Curtis Institute. He currently serves remotely, as faculty of the West Vancouver Youth Band, and enjoys an active schedule as a freelance performer and conductor, educator, ensemble contractor, arranger, and adjudicator.