Music Director

The Guelph Symphony Orchestra and the

Guelph Youth Music Centre is pleased to

announce the appointment of

Alexander Cannon as the new Music Director

of the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra.

“We’re thrilled to have Alexander take on this role,

which is linked to the assistant conductor position

with GSO,” commented Catherine Molina, General

Manager of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra.

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   “Maestro Cannon is a passionate educator. When he stepped in to take several rehearsals

with the GSO this season, we were so impressed with his skill, musical insights, and inspiring manner.” 

Dr. Cannon is a conductor, educator, and trumpet player in Southern, ON and Vancouver, BC. He has served as the Assistant Conductor for the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and conducted youth orchestras at the El Sistema-modeled social program at the Saint James Music Academy in Vancouver. Alexander has attended the conducting workshops of Don Schleicher, Larry Rachleff, and, Cristian Mâcelaru.

In addition to formal degrees in trumpet performance, including a doctorate degree from the University of British Columbia, Cannon studied at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Pierre Monteux School in Maine, the Lake Placid Institute in New York, and the Centre for Advanced Studies at Chosen Vale in New Hampshire. Cannon has performed on trumpet with Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, the Turning Point Ensemble, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. He has served as the guest principal trumpet and soloist with many BC regional orchestras including the Prince George, Kamloops, and Okanagan Symphonies. Cannon has also completed projects focused on new music with the Sonic Boom Festival and Music on Main. Additionally Alexander 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 Pasadena, CA and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana.


Dr. Cannon served as the Head of Brass at the Vancouver Academy of Music, with his brass students attending Interlochen, Tanglewood, California Institute of the Arts, the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, and the Curtis Institute, among other institutions. He is currently the Music Director for the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra and enjoys an active schedule as a sought performer, conductor, educator, ensemble contractor, arranger, and adjudicator.