Assistant Conductor Bio

Alexander Cannon, Assistant Conductor

Dr. Alexander Cannon is a conductor and trumpet player based in Vancouver, BC. He has performed on trumpet with Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Brass Project, and with various chamber ensembles and as a guest principal trumpet and soloist with regional orchestras since 2006. Cannon was a member of Cascades Brass Quintet in 2005/06 when the ensemble won the Coleman-Sanderson Prize at the annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California.

From 2014 to 2017, Cannon conducted youth orchestras at the El Sistema-inspired social program at the Saint James Music Academy in Vancouver. He recently received conducting training with pedagogue Don Schleicher and at the 2017 Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz, California. In addition to his formal degrees, Alexander studied music at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Pierre Monteux School, Lake Placid Institute, and the Centre for Advanced Studies at Chosen Vale. While a student at the University of British Columbia, he was twice a recipient of the university’s highly competitive University Graduate Fellowship. 

Dr. Cannon currently enjoys an active schedule as a sought freelance educator, arranger, and adjudicator, and serves as Head of Brass at the Vancouver Academy of Music/SK Lee College and as the brass coach and assistant conductor for the Symphonic Band of the West Vancouver Youth Band. Cannon joins the Vancouver Philharmonic as Assistant Conductor in the 2017/18 season.