Our Conductors

David Lum, Conductor

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David Lum is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Mus. Bac. /Ed. 1988, B. Ed. 1990) and completed the Graduate Diploma program in Wind Conducting at the University of Calgary in the summer of 2001. He is a past conductor of the Scarborough School’s Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony and has served as a Senior Administrator of the Scarborough Music Camp.

David was the Conductor of the Northern Ontario Music Festival Honor Band from 2008-2011 and is a past conductor of the Toronto Youth Concert Winds, and Assistant Conductor of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. In June of 2016, David was featured as a Guest Conductor for TYWO’s 25th Anniversary Tour of New York City, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall.

David served on the board of the Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) from 2000 to 2015. He initiated the creation of the Awards and Scholarships Committee in 2004 and served as Chair of the committee until 2014. David is a Past President of the Ontario Band Association (OBA), and currently serves as President of the Lambda Iota chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters’ Fraternity. Other professional affiliations/memberships include the Canadian Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), and the Canadian Music Educators’ Association (CMEA).

An active adjudicator and clinician, David has worked with students from across Canada and the United States and served as Adjudicator of the Senior Band Class for the CBC Music Classroom Challenge in December 2022.

David retired in 2021, after a 32-year career teaching with the Toronto District School Board and the former Scarborough Board of Education. During that time, he served as Curriculum Leader and Assistant Curriculum Leader of Music (Pathways) at Agincourt Collegiate Institute. Prior to that, he was the Band Director at Bliss Carman Sr. Public School. David was a sessional instructor of the Summer Additional Qualifications course in Instrumental Music for the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, from 2008-2014. At York University, David Has served as Course Director/Conductor for the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and as instructor of a course in Instrumental Education for the Faculty of Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD). Currently, he teaches the Tuba/Euphonium studio at AMPD (2008-present) and is Course Director of the Music qualifications course (J/I/S) for the Faculty of Education at York.

David received an Honorary Life Membership from the Ontario Band Association in 2009 and in May of the same year, was awarded the Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director Award at MusicFest Canada’s “The Nationals”. In December 2012, he was inducted as a Laureate of the Legion of Honor for the John Philip Sousa Society. In November of 2022, David was awarded an Honorary Life Membership from the Ontario Music Educators’ Association.

David is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician.

David took the helm starting in our 2023-24 season. He can be reached at dlum1@me.com

 

Carol Anne Lynch, Past Conductor

Carol Anne lead us in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. She has retired from the post after providing two wonderful years of valuable contribution to our band. To contact Carol Anne, email carolanne.lynch@gmail.com.

Joseph Resendes, Past Conductor

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The East York Concert Band’s conductor from 2012-2021 , Joseph Resendes was born in Toronto into a musical family of Portuguese heritage, one which inspired and encouraged his pursuit of a career in music. 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.

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 continued to perform with the band on French horn, and as Conductor Emeritus could be seen conducting the ensemble at numerous community performances throughout the year. Ernie retired from the band at the end of 2021.