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Youth and Education

Residency Programmes

Associate Conductor Residency Programme

Through a nation-wide search via Orchestras Canada, viva voce interviews, and live auditions, the KSO selects one emerging gifted conductor, who is provided with opportunities to lead up to 20 sectional rehearsals per concert season, to perform with the orchestra, to give pre-concert lectures, and to conduct one or more concert(s).

The resident Associate Conductor for the 2015 | 2016 season is Michael Berec.
The resident Associate Conductor for the 2013 | 2014, 2012 | 2013 and 2011 | 2012 seasons was Andrew Chung.
The resident Associate Conductor for the 2010 | 2011 season was Scott Harrison.

Assistant Conductor Residency Programme

Through a nation-wide search via Orchestras Canada, viva voce interviews, and live auditions, the KSO identifies one young conductor, who is provided with opportunities to gain professional conducting experience under the mentorship of the Music Director. The Assistant Conductor leads sectional rehearsals, may perform with the orchestra, may give pre-concert lectures, and may conduct one or more concert(s).

The resident Assistant Conductor for the 2015 | 2016 season is Giancarlo Mincone.
The resident Assistant Conductors for the 2014 | 2015, 2013 | 2014 and 2012 | 2013 seasons were Michael Berec and Matthew Poon.
The resident Assistant Conductor for the 2010 | 2011 and 2011 | 2012 seasons was Keith Reid.
The resident Assistant Conductor for the 2009 | 2010 season was Scott Harrison.

Canadian Composer-In-Residence Programme

With the support of the SOCAN Foundation, the KSO invites established Canadian composers to participate in a 3–5 day residency in order to increase the interest in and support for contemporary Canadian music and its performance. KSO resident composers may write a new work for a premiere with the KSO, give composition workshops and a seminars about their compositional methods and oversee reading sessions and recordings of newly written works by young Canadian composers.

The composer-in-residence in 2015 was Heather Schmidt.
The composer-in-residence in 2014 was James W. Campbell.
The composer-in-residence in 2013 was Kevin Lau.
The composer-in-residence in 2012 was Brian Current.
The composer-in-residence in 2011 was Gary Kulesha.
The composer-in-residence in 2010 was Larysa Kuzmenko.
The composer-in-residence in 2009 was Daniel Friedman.

Artists residencies in local schools

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra sponsors short-term residences of internationally renowned musicians at local schools. In collaboration with the music programmes, guests-soloists, composers, and conductors give master classes, workshops, or symposia to large groups of students.

  • October 16, 2014, Unionville High School, master class with pianist Dong Xu.
  • December 14, 2012, Unionville High School, master class with mezzo-soprano Claudia Lemcke. Read more about this master class in the KSO News and Views blog.

  • February 16, 2012, Unionville High School, master class with violinist Jing Ye.
  • November 3, 2011, Unionville High School, master class with pianist Christina Petrowska-Quillico.