Artistic Direction

Artistic Direction

Meet our Artistic Director, Colin Clarke

Colin Clarke Artistic Director/Symphony and Youth Band  Conductor

A recipient of the Clifford Evans Award for Conducting, Colin Clarke’s credits include collaboration with world-renowned artists and ensembles including the United States Air Force Band of Liberty in Boston,
Massachusetts, Orchestra London Canada, the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia, Bulgaria, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Ballet Jörgen, trumpet virtuoso Allan Vizzutti, TorQ Percussion Quartet, the Canadian Brass and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States.

Colin is best known for his work with the multi-award winning Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (, a group he started as a high school student.  For over two decades this ensemble has earned a reputation nationwide as one of the leading performance ensembles of its kind in Canada. Under Colin’s baton, the Wind Orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, and returned in 2016 for another performance at New York’s famed concert hall to mark the organization’s 25th anniversary.

With a passion for music education and outreach, Colin maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community. He has conducted numerous bands, orchestras and choirs throughout Canada and the U.S., and has led the Provincial Honour Bands of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. In the spring of 2008 he served as conductor of the prestigious National Youth Band of Canada.  Abroad, Colin has lead performances in the United States, Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom and China.

Colin remains active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and composer/arranger.  He is the Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and recently served on staff at McMaster University as conductor of the McMaster Chamber Orchestra.

Caron Allen –  our Sinfonia and Philharmonia Conductor

Caron is a graduate from Queen’s University School of Music as a double performance major on flute and cello. She has been teaching string and band programs in the Kingston and the GTA area for 20 years. After playing in Europe and relocating in the Peel region, Caron founded two string programs.

Her orchestras and bands have won numerous awards at various provincial  music festivals. Additionally, Caron has performed as a professional cellist in orchestras across Ontario. Recently retired from teaching  in the Peel board of Education, she continues to freelance, coach and has a private studio.