Our Conductors

Joseph Resendes, Principal Conductor

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The East York Concert Band’s conductor since 2012, Joseph Resendes was born in Toronto into a musical family of Portuguese heritage, one which has inspired and encouraged his pursuit of a career in music. Today, Joseph holds extensive professional credits as an active composer, conductor, musician and educator.

As a composer and arranger, he has written for various ensembles, and earned several premiere performances across Canada, the USA, and Europe. As a conductor and performer, Joseph has had the privilege of working with a diverse group of music professionals such as earning recording opportunities with The Canadian Tenors, working with Grammy award-winners such as producer Steve Thompson and composer Christopher Tin, performing internationally with the “Musica Em Viagem” (Azores Musical Journey) Portuguese touring ensemble, and conducting highly-acclaimed ensembles such as the University of North Texas Wind Symphony.

Joseph currently holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in classical saxophone performance, a master’s degree in composition, and is currently completing a PhD in musicology at York University, focusing on the history and development of wind ensembles in Canada. As a conductor, he has studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, Colleen Richardson and Christopher Morehouse, and attended symposia with Richard Blatti, Paula Holcomb, Craig Kirchhoff, and Jack Stamp.

With regular invitations to serve as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, Joseph is currently a sessional instructor at McMaster University, conductor of the McMaster University Concert Band and Assistant Music Director of ECOS of Portugal. Joseph also has held recent positions conducting the Milton Concert Band, St. Mary’s Church Choir and the VL sax quartet.

To contact Joseph, email conductor@eastyorkconcertband.ca.

Captain (retired) Graziano Brescacin, CD, BMus, BEd, Interim Conductor

Graz Brescacin filled in for our 2016-17 season, He’s done now, but leaves with our grateful thanks.
 

Ernie Walker, Conductor Emeritus

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Affiliated with the East York Concert Band since 1969, Ernie Walker served as conductor from 1985 to 2007. A former educator, Ernie’s infectious love of music encompasses a broad array of styles and genres. He continues to perform with the band on French horn, and as Conductor Emeritus can be seen conducting the ensemble at numerous community performances throughout the year.