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We welcome conductor, adjudicator, clinician and founder/artistic director of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, Colin Clarke to The Band Room. Dylan, Cait and Colin speak about his unique path to becoming a conductor, our role as educators during the pandemic, founding TYWO, his role as an adjudicator, dismantling the traditional view of the “maestro” and much more!

About Colin

Colin Clarke is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra program, and maintains an active career as a sought-after conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.
A recipient of the Clifford Evens Award for Conducting at the University of Western Ontario, Colin completed further studies in conducting at the University of North Texas and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.  Participating in the International Conducting Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria, he conducted the symphonies of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with the highly celebrated New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia and studied with noted pedagogues Gustav Meier and Rossen Milanov.  Colin made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2006 with the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, and returned to Carnegie Hall in 2011.
With a passion for music education and outreach, Colin maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community. He has guest conducted several orchestras and choirs across the country and has led the Provincial Honour Bands of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.  In May 2008, he was selected to conduct the National Youth Band of Canada.  Most recently, Colin was appointed Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.



EKR Hammell | Skyline (BRP Theme Music)

University of Toronto Wind Ensemble

Dr. Gillian MacKay - Conductor

Learn more:


Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra

TYWO Article in Canadian Winds Journal


Hamilton Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

The Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power by Norman Lebrecht


#BlackMusicMatters: Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in Music Education by Darren Hamilton

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