WWS Appoints Andrew Chung as Music Director

Andrew Chung
WWS Music Director Andrew Chung

The Wellington Wind Symphony Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Chung as our new music director.

Andrew’s appointment comes after a year-long search. During our 2018-19 season we had the privilege of working with three excellent finalists, and we thank Pratik Gandhi and Amy McLennan for the excellent musicianship and leadership that they both demonstrated during this process.

Andrew Chung begins his duties immediately, and is already making plans for next season’s program.

About Andrew Chung

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. Andrew has also served as Music Assistant at 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.

Looking Forward to Next Season

The WWS Board looks forward to working with Andrew in planning the 2019 -2020 season. Information will be available on this website this summer. If you are not already a member of our Newsletter mailing list, please subscribe now to receive information about our performances.