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!

Dr. Alexander Cannon

KYO Artistic Director

SKYO Conductor

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.

Marilyn Chalk

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.

Marilyn Chalk

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.

Marilyn Chalk

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.

Ben vanVeen

Director

 

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