Artistic Staff

Colin Clarke – Conductor, Wind Orchestra
Colin Clarke is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra program, and maintains an active career as a sought-after conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.

A recipient of the Clifford Evens Award for Conducting at the University of Western Ontario, Colin completed further studies in conducting at the University of North Texas and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.  Participating in the International Conducting Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria, he conducted the symphonies of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with the highly celebrated New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia and studied with noted pedagogues Gustav Meier and Rossen Milanov.  Colin made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2006 with the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, and returned to Carnegie Hall in 2011.

With a passion for music education and outreach, Colin maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community. He has guest conducted several orchestras and choirs across the country and has led the Provincial Honour Bands of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.  In May 2008, he was selected to conduct the National Youth Band of Canada.  Most recently, Colin was appointed Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

 

 

Dan Horner – Conductor, Symphonic Winds
Dan Horner is the current Head of Music at Bayview Secondary School in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Since his arrival at Bayview, the music department there has more than doubled in size. The band department at Bayview consists of 5 bands ranging from 70 to 110 students and are all under his direction.

While attending Sir John A. Macdonald C.I., Dan began studying privately on the trumpet with Vince Gassi. His first real initiation into the world of music education began in his high school days as a teaching assistant at J.B. Tyrell P.S. and also, through his work at Harknett Music, a well known music education supply store in the GTA.  He later studied music at Queen’s University (B.Mus; B.Ed.) where he was busy as a research assistant, assistant conductor of the Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra, and an occasional player with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.

Dan is a member of the Ontario Band Association, Canadian Band Association, Ontario Music Educators’ Association, Canadian Music Educators’ Association, and the Music Educators National Conference (U.S.). He is the co-founder of the Regional Music Camp in Orillia.  Dan has been an instructor of music teachers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto) as well as resident lecturer and supervisor at the Shad Valley program at Carleton University.

 

 

Ben PromaneBenjamin Promane – Conductor, Concert Winds
Canadian-born trumpeter, Ben Promane is an emerging young artist based in Toronto, Ontario. He has performed with many professional ensembles including the Art of Time Ensemble, Talisker Players, Shaw Festival Orchestra, the Canadian Brass and the Order of Canada Jazz Orchestra.

A 2014 finalist in the Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition and 2015 prizewinner of the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition, Ben is an active solo and chamber recitalist having recently performed in Heliconian Hall, Walter Hall, Islington United Church, Mazzoleni Hall and Koerner Hall main stage.

Ben has been fortunate to play with many of Canada’s leading festival orchestras. He has spent summers studying at the Domaine Forget Brass Academy, and as Co-Principal Trumpet with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, National Academy Orchestra of Canada and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Ben recently earned an Artist Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School under the tutelage of Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet, Andrew McCandless. He is a graduate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music having studied with Anita McAlister and Jim Spragg.

Ben is equally passionate about education. He was Ethan Hawke’s trumpet instructor during his preparation for the role of Chet Baker in the film “Born to Be Blue.“ Currently, he is a part-time music teacher at the Bayview Glen School and brass specialist at Havergal College. Ben continues to enjoy the position of conductor of the TYWO Concert Winds.

 

 

Chris Hunsburger – Conductor, Concert Winds
An alumnus of TYWO (1997-2004), Chris Hunsburger teaches Instrumental Music at Bayview Glen in Toronto. He works with students in band and choral classes from Grade 5 through 12. He is currently coordinating the Band Program in the BVG Prep School, Grades 6 – 8: regularly achieving high standards at local and national festivals. His work at BVG has led him to conducting in several Conference of Independent Schools Music Festivals at Roy Thomson Hall featuring top musicians representing their schools in the CIS. Chris holds a diploma in Music Studies from Humber College, a B. Mus. from BCOU., a B. Ed. from York University, and Honours Specialist certification from OISE UT.

As a professional saxophonist, Chris is a founding member of the Toronto Jazz Orchestra and an on-call musician, playing various GTA venues, festivals, and recording studios. He appears on countless single tracks and full albums that have been played on CBC, Jazz FM, and a variety of other local radio stations.  In TYWO’s 2001 release “Celebrations”, he plays the feature tenor saxophone solo in Eric Whitacre’s “Ghost Train Triptych”.  He has performed on-stage with Phil Nimmons, Kurt Elling, Jane Bunnett, and Josh Groban, amongst others.