After serving as Music Director for a decade, Daniel Warren resigned from the Wellington Wind Symphony at the end of our 2017-18 season to pursue other opportunities. Thank You, Dan Warren
During the 2018-19 season, the WWS will be conducted by three music director candidates.
Music Director Candidates
Pratik Gandhi is a conductor, percussionist, and clinician based in Toronto. He currently serves as music director of the Rouge River Winds and of Soup Can Theatre, and resident conductor of the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble. He also recently completed a five-year tenure as assistant conductor of Symphony on the Bay, and an apprenticeship with Orchestra Toronto under Kevin Mallon.
In frequent demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator across southwestern Ontario, Pratik serves as adjudicator and Vice-Chair (Syllabus and Sight-reading) for the concert band division of MusicFest Canada, as well as syllabus coordinator for the OBA Concert Band Festival. He recently adjudicated concert bands at the 2017 Alberta International Band Festival in Calgary. Pratik regularly presents workshops on repertoire, percussion pedagogy, and technology, including a recent workshop on the use of social media in the music classroom for the Ontario Music Educators’ Association.
Pratik’s conducting experience covers a wide variety of genres and repertoire. He has led orchestras in performances of symphonies, concertos, and overtures; he has served as music director for stage works including operas, musicals, and cabarets; and he has conducted chamber ensembles, wind bands, choirs, and many different collaborative projects. Collaborative music-making is one of Pratik’s passions, and he particularly enjoys directing works for multiple performing forces. Pratik is also a champion of new music, and has conducted the premiere of numerous works, including Jodi Vander Woude’s Quiet you with my love: lullaby, for soprano solo, female chorus, and large orchestra, and Kristie Hunter’s Stronger Than, for orchestra.
Pratik received a B.Mus. in music education and an M.Mus. in conducting from the University of Western Ontario, where he studied conducting with Dr. Colleen Richardson, Jerome Summers and James McKay, and percussion with Dr. Jill Ball. He received numerous entrance and in-course scholarships and awards, including the Western Scholarship of Excellence, the London Music Scholarship Foundation Endowment Award, and the Silver Medal for Excellence in Leadership. During his graduate work, he also founded and directed a string orchestra called Gli Archi, which presented two full-length concerts and recorded several new works for local composers including Anthony Aceti and Jeff Smallman. Visit Pratik Gandhi’s website.
With a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, Amy McLennan has taught music at the elementary and senior levels nation-wide for the past several years in both English and French.
Amy has earned awards from the Alberta International Band Festival for her ‘Most Outstanding’ beginner and junior high bands, as well as numerous gold awards in both concert and jazz band idioms. In 2008, the Alberta Band Association nominated Amy for the ‘Keith Mann Young Band Director Award’ and she has since been invited twice to perform at MusicFest Canada, the national music performance competition. Here, she directed her secondary level bands earning Silver Awards for their outstanding musicianship, technical merit, and overall musicality.
Amy has always been involved in ensemble direction in the community. She has been a co-director of the All-City Wind Orchestra, as well as the musical director of Voix des Rocheuses (Calgary’s Francophone choir) for a number of years while living out west.
With an obvious passion for conducting, Amy attended the Canadian Wind Conductor’s Development Program for two years, working alongside Dr. Dale Lonis and Swiss conductor, Felix Hauswirth. She has also spent time at The Juilliard School in New York City to further her conducting artistry, studying alongside prominent conductors such as David Effron, Virginia Allen, and George Stelluto.
Appointed Music Director of the Counterpoint Community Orchestra in June 2017, Andrew Chung also serves as Music Director of the Silverthorn Symphonic Winds and the Mississauga Pops Concert Band. While attending the University of Toronto, he was appointed Music Director of the Pickering Philharmonic Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as Music Assistant at the Opera Mississauga. He has guest conducted the Hart House Orchestra, the North York Concert Orchestra, the Toronto Philharmonia, Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra, Northdale Concert Band, the Toronto Chinese Youth Orchestra, the Mississauga Youth Orchestra, the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, the Hong Kong Symphonic Band, the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band and the Hong Kong Chamber Wind Philharmonia.
As an orchestral musician, Mr. Chung served as the principal trumpet with the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Youth Symphony, the Asian Youth Orchestra (under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin and Alexander Schneider) and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. He made his solo debut with the Mooredale Festival Orchestra.
Mr. Chung attended the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Toronto and the University of Freiburg, Germany. His trumpet teachers include Stephen Chenette, Robert Nagel, Henry Nowak, Jeffrey Reynolds and Larry Weeks. He also studied privately with Arnold Jacobs and Murray Crewe. A scholarship from the Centre d’Arts Orford allowed him to study conducting with Raffi Armenian and Agnes Grossman. He has also participated in the Conductors Apprentice Program with the Huntsville Festival of the Arts Orchestra. His other conducting teachers include Dwight Bennett, Tak-Ng Lai and Kerry Stratton.