Alexander Cannon has been the Music Director of the GYSO since 2019. Serving music organizations across Canada, he is also the Resident Conductor of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Kawartha Youth 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.
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.