In preparation for Musicfest on Wednesday, February 17th, the Music Department is pleased to have guest conductor Colin Clarke working with the Wind Ensemble on Monday, February 8th from 3:00 to 5:00. Below is a bio of Colin.
Colin Clarke remains active through his work as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and composer/arranger. A recipient of the Clifford Evans Award for Conducting, Colin’s credits include collaboration with groups such as the United States Air Force Band of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts, Orchestra London Canada, the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia, Bulgaria, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Ballet Jörgen, trumpet virtuoso Allan Vizzutti, the Canadian Brass and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States. Colin is best known for his work with the multi-award winning Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, a group he started as a high school student. For two decades this ensemble has earned a reputation nationwide as one of the leading performance ensembles of its kind in Canada. Under Colin’s baton, the Wind Orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, and returned this past spring for another performance at New York's famed concert hall to mark its 20th anniversary. Most recently, Colin was appointed Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
With a passion for music education and outreach, Colin maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community. He has conducted several all-city bands, orchestras and choirs across Ontario, and has lead the Provincial Honour Bands of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. In the spring of 2008 he served as conductor of the prestigious National Youth Band of Canada.