Alexander Canon

Resident Conductor

ALEXANDER CANNON is GSO’s Resident Conductor and serves as the Music Director of the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra. Alexander has previously held the position of Assistant Conductor for both the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

In addition to his own formal degrees in trumpet performance, including a doctorate 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. He has served as the guest principal trumpet (and on occasion as a soloist) with many BC regional orchestras including the Prince George, Kamloops, and Okanagan Symphonies.

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 has conducted youth orchestras at the El Sistema-modeled social program at the Saint James Music Academy in Vancouver and has attended the conducting workshops of Don Schleicher, Larry Rachleff, and at the Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz, California, under Cristian Macelaru. Alexander enjoys an active schedule as a sought after freelance performer, conductor, educator, ensemble contractor, arranger, and adjudicator.

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