The KYO Team

THE KYO TEAM

We are proud to showcase the talent that makes Kawartha Youth Orchestra a premier music education organization.

Take a moment to learn more about our incredible team!

The Orchestras

Dr. Alexander Cannon, KYO Artistic Director

SKYO Conductor, JKYO/IKYO Brass

A skilled music educator, orchestral conductor, and orchestral trumpet player, Alexander Cannon assumed the Artistic Director leadership role for the KYO in July of 2021. Serving music organizations across Canada, he is also the Resident Conductor of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and Music Director for the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra. He previously held conducting positions with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and at the El Sistema-inspired social program at the Saint James Music Academy in Vancouver, and led the Erato Ensemble as the Ensemble in Residence at Vancouver’s annual Sonic Boom Festival.

He has performed on trumpet with Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, Redshift’s Negative Zed Ensemble, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, the Turning Point Ensemble, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and for Vancouver’s Music on Main, including for the International Society for Contemporary Music. Additionally he has performed at International Trumpet Guild Conventions in Dallas, TX and Bangkok, Thailand, the Las Vegas Music Festival, the Dublin International Festival in Ireland, the Chaiyi International Band Festival in Taiwan, the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in California, and at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Dr. Cannon studied at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Pierre Monteux School, the Lake Placid Institute, and the Centre for Advanced Studies at Chosen Vale. While a doctoral student at the University of British Columbia, he was twice awarded a University Graduate Fellowship. His brass students have attended Interlochen, Tanglewood, California Institute of the Arts, the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, McGill University, and the Curtis Institute. He enjoys an active schedule across Canada as an orchestral conductor, trumpet player, and adjudicator. Alexander can be reached at kyo@kawarthayouthorchestra.org.

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Jeff Clements

IKYO Conductor, JKYO/IKYO Winds

Jeffrey Clements is a composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and graduate of the University of Toronto, where he majored in music composition and York University, where he studied education. Since graduating, Jeff has explored many avenues of music making, including becoming an associate member of the Screen Composer’s Guild of Canada and participating in the Guild’s Apprentice Mentorship Program under the guidance of film composer Adrian Ellis. He has also written music for various media projects, including the student short film Birds of a Feather,  a commercial for Simon Fraser University’s Creative Design Program, the fan made video game Pokemon:Sunday Version and Summer with the Shiba Inu by Quill Studios (The latter two of these projects received over 10,000 downloads each). As a concert composer, Jeff has written extensively for small chamber groups, vocal and instrumental soloists, wind ensembles and orchestras. Some recent performances of his works include his piece Hidden Narrative being performed at the Canadian Music Centre’s event The Extended Mind and his Kawartha Nights being performed at the first Toronto Tuba and Euphonium Symposium (TOTES).

Jeff has performed many solo bassoon recitals, often showcasing his own compositions, and has performed with ensembles such as the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Bermuda Philharmonic, Kindred Spirits Orchestra, The Li Delun Foundation Orchestra and the North York Concert Orchestra. Jeffrey has always been a multi-instrumentalist; besides playing bassoon as his main instrument, he also has extensive experience playing saxophone, flute, clarinet and piano. Jeff’s passion for teaching has only grown over his five years of experience giving lessons on woodwinds and piano and he is currently working as an occasional teacher for the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and the Toronto District School Board. Jeff can be reached at kyo@kawarthayouthorchestra.org.

Al Cannon conducting an orchestra

Ann Millen

Community Outreach, Recruitment, and Education Coordinator 

Ann Millen received her Honours Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario. She is one of the founders of the Junior Kawartha Youth Orchestra, Mainly Music Camp for children, and UPBEAT! Downtown as Project Coordinator. Ann guides musicians and families through their orchestras experience, coordinating auditions, facilitating the bursary program, and organizing special events for KYO members. She is available at info@kawarthayouthorchestra.org.

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UPBEAT! Downtown

Maggie Goldsmith

General Manager

 

Maggie Goldsmith served on the KYO Board of Directors since 2017, and now takes on the role of General Manager for the new UPBEAT! Downtown initiative. Her academic and professional background in Cultural Resources Management, Community Planning, Education, and non-profit management helps to shape the KYO Orchestras and the UPBEAT program. Maggie brings in-depth skills in the areas of Policy and Governance, Strategy, Facilitation, and Grant Writing. She advocates for the importance of broad arts access and arts education for strengthening community development, community engagement, and helping to create an invested and visionary citizenry. Maggie can be reached at gm@kawarthayouthorchestra.org.

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Ann Millen

Community Outreach, Recruitment, and Education Coordinator 

Ann Millen received her Honours Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario. She is one of the founders of the Junior Kawartha Youth Orchestra, Mainly Music Camp for children, and UPBEAT! Downtown as Project Coordinator. Ann guides musicians and families through their UPBEAT! Downtown experience, working with our community to create barrier-free opportunities for children interested in music. She is available at info@kawarthayouthorchestra.org.

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Cormac Culkeen

Youth Activities Leader 

Cormac Culkeen is a youth worker, songwriter, composer, and vocalist who lives and works in their
hometown Nogojiwanong/Peterborough, Ontario. Cormac is the vocalist of the duo Joyful Joyful,
where they create noise and drone soundscapes that reference sacred music and traditional folk.
Cormac is a frequent collaborator and co-conspirator, and has sung and created work with visual artists,
filmmakers, and dancers, as well as other recording artists. Cormac enjoys teaching and leading group
singing, and has lead workshops at Hillside Music Festival, MAW vocal arts, and Rock Camp for Girls.
Cormac has worked with children and youth for many years, and is currently the Director of Youth and
Family Ministries at All Saints’ Church, where they have significant connection and involvement with
neighbourhood families. Cormac is excited to bring their skills and enthusiasm to UpBeat! Downtown.

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Dr Alexander Cannon

UPBEAT Artistic Director/Music Fundamentals

Al Cannon shapes UPBEAT curriculum and collaboratively guides the teaching faculty in the delivery of UPBEAT programming. A music educator, orchestral conductor, and orchestral trumpet player, he previously led youth symphonies at the El Sistema-inspired social program at the Saint James Music Academy in Vancouver.

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Brooke Stewart

Violin

Brooke has been playing the violin for almost 30 years. She began her studies at the age of five with local violinist, Witold Swoboda and graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with her Bachelor Degree in Music Performance in 2010. Brooke began playing in orchestras at the age of 15 as part of the second violin section of the Kawartha Youth Orchestra in their very first season! She went on to serve as the co-concertmaster of the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra and the assistant concertmaster of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in their 2010-2011 seasons. Brooke currently performs locally as part of a violin and guitar duo and travels internationally with the Celtic rock band, The American Rogues.

While working as a freelance musician for the past 10 years, Brooke also completed a Bachelor of Social Work at Lakehead University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She currently works as a psychotherapist with children and youth in Peterborough and is passionate about combining her love of social work and music in her role as a therapist and music teacher.

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Karen Locklin

Music Fundamentals

Karen began her journey in music with group piano lessons at the age of six. Now in her sixties, she’s a diverse musician as a singer, brass instrumentalist, and pianist. Karen expresses that her musical education has been a rich blessing, with her family influencing and supporting her love of music. Karen was in the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, received a music degree from Queen’s University, and received a degree in Education at the University of Alberta. After starting a career as a music teacher in Alberta and Ontario, she taught at the American International School of Kuwait. Now retired, Karen is excited to encourage a love for music with Upbeat participants.

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Katarina Thomson

Violin Assistant

Katarina Thompson is a first-year Trent University student in Business Administration and Law. Katarina has been playing the violin for 9 years, with this her fifth year of involvement with the KYO since after her return to Canada from Bermuda. While in Bermuda, she was a member of the Menuhin Foundation Youth Orchestra and participated in ensembles at the Warwick Academy. Since returning to Canada, she has been a mentor to the IKYO and JKYO strings. When she is not making music, Katarina loves to create visual art and write, and is also a competitive swimmer and qualified National Lifeguard. She continues to play in the Senior Kawartha Youth Orchestra and is currently a JKYO violin mentor.

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Support Staff

Janet Louden

Instrument Librarian

Janet Louden is a Senior Environmental Scientist at Wood PLC, an international consulting engineering company. While attending the University of Alberta she worked for Edmonton Public Schools in their strings-based music enrichment program as a teaching assistant and managed the stringed instrument inventory and stringed instrument repair program. As a part-time member of the teaching staff, Janet attended annual summer music camps and teacher training outside of Boston, Massachusetts and studied violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Janet played violin and then cello in the Edmonton Philharmonic Society community orchestra for many years. She currently plays viola in String Song, a strings chamber orchestra in Peterborough, studies cello under the tutelage of Sybil Shanahan, and assists with the KYO Farm Team coaching program. Janet joined the KYO board for the 2018/19 season as the instrument librarian, after playing cello in the KYO as a community member for one year. Janet is currently also serving as Instrument Librarian.

Kristine Muma

Bookkeeper

Kristine Muma is a parent of an IKYO musician; she feels The Orchestras program is a great way to introduce children to instrumental music and ensemble playing. Kristine took piano lessons as a child and enthusiastically played piano and clarinet in her high school music program. These days, Kristine, who trained as a Cartographic Technologist works as a Spatial Data Analyst in the field of GIS. She enjoys volunteering and has chaired the local school council. Kristine is pleased to be once again connecting in some way with music and looks forward to helping the KYO in many capacities.

Board of Directors

Helen Thompson

President

Helen Thompson joined the KYO Board of Directors in 2017 shortly after her repatriation from Bermuda. Her daughter is active in the organization, playing in the KYO and mentoring in the JKYO and Farm Team. While in Bermuda, Helen served on the Board of Trustees of the Menuhin Foundation, another charitable organization with a mandate similar to that of the KYO: making music accessible to all. She is first and foremost an educator with degrees in Education and Educational Leadership and is passionate about making safe and inclusive spaces for all. Helen is a member of the Faculty of Education and Professional Learning at Trent University. Though not an instrumentalist, Helen studied voice with the Royal Conservatory of Music and was active in musical theatre, church choirs and most recently with the Peterborough Singers and the Bermuda Chamber Choir.

Brett Goodwin

Vice President & Human Resources

 

 Brett Goodwin works at Fleming College in Lindsey and is the Dean of the School of Environmental and Natural Sciences. Brett claims he has no musical ability whatsoever nor any musical training (aside from a brief stint of piano-accordion lessons when he was 6). But both of his sons have greatly enjoyed being involved with the JKYO/KYO and their musical ability has certainly benefitted from their time with The Orchestras. Knowing how much these sorts of organizations rely on parent volunteers, Brett was willing to join the Board of Directors. Brett also serves on the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Board of Directors, the Lindsay District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and volunteers with Scouts Canada.

 

Janet Louden

Secretary

Janet Louden is a Senior Environmental Scientist at Wood PLC, an international consulting engineering company. While attending the University of Alberta she worked for Edmonton Public Schools in their strings-based music enrichment program as a teaching assistant and managed the stringed instrument inventory and stringed instrument repair program. As a part-time member of the teaching staff, Janet attended annual summer music camps and teacher training outside of Boston, Massachusetts and studied violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Janet played violin and then cello in the Edmonton Philharmonic Society community orchestra for many years. She currently plays viola in String Song, a strings chamber orchestra in Peterborough, studies cello under the tutelage of Sybil Shanahan, and assists with the KYO Farm Team coaching program. Janet joined the KYO board for the 2018/19 season as the instrument librarian, after playing cello in the KYO as a community member for one year. Janet is currently also serving as Instrument Librarian.

Debra de Jong

Director

 

Peter Hanmore

Director

Peter Hanmore has happily returned to the board of the KYO as a Director in 2020, having served as President and Librarian many years previous. Starting in high school Peter had a strong interest in music, and it was particularly rekindled when his daughter joined the KYO playing French horn. He enjoys helping to provide youth with opportunities to play and learn about music in an environment that would otherwise be unavailable to them locally. Peter has an H.B.Sc. Forestry degree (Lakehead U) and GIS Application Specialist diploma (SSFC) and works for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as a Geographic Information Systems programmer/analyst. When not at work, Peter actively plays trombone and euphonium in several musical groups including the Peterborough Symphony, a brass quintet, and various pit orchestras. He also runs a pet photography business.

Joy Simmonds

Director

 

Peter Harris

Director

 Peter Harris was raised in Northern Ontario where he was taught by a former member of the Montreal Symphony to play cello. He attended University of Guelph where he obtained his BSc in Biology. Upon graduating, Peter went to Africa where he did a two-year placement as a CUSO volunteer in a remote village in Nigeria. Upon his return, Peter obtained his B.Ed. at the University of Toronto and taught for 30 years with the Trillium Lakelands School Board. In 1999, Peter began teaching e-learning courses as a founding teacher in what is now Ontario’s largest and longest running e-learning school. Peter has played in several community and university orchestras and continues to play with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.

Peter Stumpf

Director

 

Ben van Veen

Director

 

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