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 participated in conducting workshops at the University of North Texas and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.  While at 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 and 2016.

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 head of music at Hodan Nalayeh Secondary School. He began his education as a student in Scarborough where he studied trumpet with trumpet player and composer Vince Gassi. Later, while studying at Queen’s University he worked as a research assistant, was the assistant conductor of the Queen’s Symphony Orchestra, and was part time performer with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. After graduating, Dan spent a number of years teaching at the elementary level, and then began a 16 year run as the head of music at Bayview Secondary School where he lead of a department of 500 and conducted 7 ensembles. While at Bayview, he co-founded the York Music Camp which is now in its 15th year.

Dan’s work with the TYWO organization has involved collaborations with composers such as Brian Balmages, Samuel Hazo, John Mackey, Frank Tichelli and others. He has also had to privilege of working with Jens Lindemann, Peter Stoll, TorQ, The Shuffle Demons, Cadence, and the Canadian Brass. As an adjudicator, he has enjoyed working with the Music Alive Festival as well as the Golden Horseshoe Music Festival. He has also been a guest lecturer with Ontario Institute for Studies in Education .

When not involved with music, Dan spends his time as the assistant director at SHAD-Carleton as well as practicing golf and learning Korean which gives him a legit excuse to watch K-dramas and listen to K-pop.

Angela Mantie – Conductor, Concert Winds
Angela is a wind band and choral music educator with over 20 years experience working in both Canada and the U.S. Her areas of expertise include P-12 music curriculum design and development, assessment, and culturally relevant/sustainable teaching pedagogy and practices within music classrooms.

Her collaborations with organizations such as the Boston Philharmonic, Berklee College of Music, and EdVestors have been featured in case study reports, such as “The Arts Advantage: The Impact of Arts Education in Boston Public Schools” and “I’m The One Who’s Here: An Experienced Music Teacher, A Low Income School, and Arts Participation as a Reform Strategy””

Alongside teaching full time at Bayview Glen, Angela attained a Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University, examining persistence, engagement and musical self-efficacy within beginning concert band classes.

Travis Grubissi – Assistant Conductor, Metropolitan Winds
Travis Grubissi is a conductor, composer, arranger, orchestrator, and freelance trombonist based in Toronto, Ontario. Co-founder and former Music Director of the Media Arts Wind Orchestra at York University, his current appointments include Assistant Conducting with the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Winds of Toronto. Additionally he has appeared frequently as guest conductor for numerous ensembles, including the Rouge River Winds, the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, and the York University Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Grubissi obtained his BFA-Music from York University, where he is also currently working to obtain his MA in composition. Travis studied conducting primarily with William Thomas during his time at York University, with supplementary instruction from Lisette Canton. He has attended a number of conducting workshops in Canada and the United States including the OBA Wind Conducting Symposium, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Conducting Symposium, where he had the opportunity to study with celebrated names like Glenn Price, Mark Scatterday, Craig Kirchoff, Paula Holcomb, Dale Lonis, Peter Boonshaft, and Wendy McCallum. Mr. Grubissi’s studies on the trombone were facilitated by Lincoln Centre alumni, Ron Westray.

As an arranger and orchestrator Travis has had the opportunity to arrange or orchestrate music for a variety of ensembles and composers in the GTA such as the Celebrity Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Winds of Toronto, the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, and the Halton Mississauga Youth Orchestra, as well as a variety of orchestrations for celebrated Toronto film composers Lesley Barber, and Spencer Creaghan.