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 2020 | 2021, 2019 | 2020, 2018 | 2019, 2017 | 2018, 2016 | 2017 and 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
The resident Assistant Conductors for the 2020 | 2021 and 2019 | 2020 seasons have been Elle Kozak and Patrick Headley.
The resident Assistant Conductors for the 2019 | 2020 and 2018 | 2019 seasons were Patrick Headley and Travis Grubisi.
The resident Assistant Conductor for the 2016 | 2017 season was Joanna Augustine Ng.
The resident Assistant Conductor for the 2015 | 2016 season was 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 2019 was Chan Wing-Wah.
The composer-in-residence in 2018 was Vincent Ho.
The composer-in-residence in 2017 was Werner Chan.
The composer-in-residence in 2016 was Colin Sandquist.
The composer-in-residence in 2015 was Heather Schmidt.
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.
On October 28, 2016, Unionville High School, master class with pianist Dr. Michael Berkovsky
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.
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.