KWS Youth Orchestra Program Conductor Bios
Daniel Bartholomew Poyser: Youth Orchestra
Born in Montréal, Québec, Daniel has primarily been a resident of Calgary, Alberta before moving to Kitchener-Waterloo. While in Calgary, Daniel was Artistic Director of Players Chamber Ensemble, Assistant Conductor of the Calgary Civic Symphony, Director of the University of Calgary All-City Wind Ensemble, Orchestral Director of Ambrose University College and teacher of music at Glenmore Christian Academy. Daniel’s conducting career has seen him study with some of the foremost conductors of this generation, among them Dr. Glenn Price of the University of Calgary, Mark Hopkins of Acadia University, Clark Rundell of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Baldur Bronnimann of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Rolf Bertsch of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Arthur Post of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. His studies at the University of Calgary earned him the Faculty of Fine Arts Gold Medal from which he went on to complete a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Fine Arts in Advanced Wind Conducting. After teaching for four years, Daniel studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where he earned the Royal Northern College’s James Kershaw Memorial Scholarship, Brierley Conducting Prize, David Frederick-Baker Memorial Prize and the degree, Master of Philosophy in Music Performance. While at the RNCM, Daniel completed a thesis on the compositional aesthetics of the Second Viennese School, studying with Dr. Douglas Jarman, Urtext Editor of the Berg Violin Concerto. His conducting journey has seen him guest conduct both the Calgary and Rochester Philharmonics. Upon returning to Calgary, Daniel was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Calgary Civic Symphony, Director of Orchestra at Ambrose University College and re-appointed Artistic Director of Players Ensemble. In addition to conducting and guest conducting, Daniel also regularly performs on Tuba as a member of both Brass Northwest and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, where he was Resident and Associate Conductor from 2011-2014.
In the 2013-2014 season Dan was awarded the Canada Council Jean-Marie Beaudet Award for Orchestra Conducting, and an RBC Royal Bank Emerging Young Artist grant. Daniel’s position is generously supported by the Canada Council Conductor in Residence Program.
Allene Chomyn: Youth Sinfonia
A native of Western Canada, violinist Allene Chomyn holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto (2007), and a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the University of Victoria (2005). In addition to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, of which she has been a member since 2007, Allene maintains a busy freelance career with various ensembles in Southern Ontario, and is the conductor of the KWS Youth Sinfonia, the Youth Orchestra Program's senior string ensemble. Allene is also passionate about historical performance practice. She has studied privately with Jeanne Lamon, attended Tafelmusik Summer and Winter Institutes (2011, 2013 and 2013, 2014 respectively), has performed and recorded with Tafelmusik and Aradia Ensemble in Toronto, and has performed locally with Nota Bene Baroque Players and Musica Viva Orchestra.
Allene has been a featured soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (2011, 2015) and the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Orchestra (2012) and performs chamber music recitals frequently on both Baroque and modern violin. In addition to her music career, Allene is also a bridal/special event hair stylist with a mobile styling business. She lives in Kitchener with her husband, principal bassist Ian Whitman, their daughter, Chelsea, and their dog, Spike.
Angela Cox-Daly: Youth Strings
Angela Cox-Daly has been a member of the KW Symphony since 1988 as second associate concertmaster until 2003. After a playing- related injury and almost three years off, Angela gratefully returned as a section first violinist. She is an active chamber music performer in Canada and the United States and has appeared as soloist with various chamber and symphony orchestras including the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, KW Community Orchestra, Scarborough Philharmonic and the North York Symphony. Angela was on scholarship on both violin and piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in the course for gifted students for seven years and was a recipient of over one hundred awards and scholarships in both piano and violin prior to graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree.
Angela enjoys a versatile career including teaching, coaching, adjudicating, summer music festivals etc. In partnership with her musician-husband, Ross, they manage Daly Live Music & Entertainment which provides live music for all types of engagements. Their three children have been members of all levels of the wonderful Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra program. Angela is also an avid trick water-skier!
Ella Weber: Preludium Strings
Ella has lived in Kitchener-Waterloo all her life and has completed her Bachelor of Music degree with a specialization in Music Education, and a Bachelor of Education degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. She began violin lessons at the age of 5 and piano lessons shortly after and has performed many times in Kiwanis festivals at the local and provincial level winning numerous awards and scholarships. Ella spent nine years in the K-W Youth Orchestra Program working her way up from the beginner group to the full Youth Orchestra. One of her favourite moments from her time in the YOP was playing a solo with the orchestra in 2005. Ella has been teaching privately in her own violin studio for over six years and has recently started teaching violin at the Beckett School. Volunteering in local elementary and secondary schools is an important part of Ella’s educational career and over the past few years she has assisted and performed in numerous music classrooms. Most recently, she has accepted a position teaching music with the Waterloo Region District School Board. Ella is thrilled to return to the YO Program and is especially excited to be conducting the Preludium Strings.
Trevor Wagler: Youth Concert Band
Trevor is co-owner/Director of Renaissance School of the Arts, conductor of the historic Waterloo Concert Band and the KWS Youth Concert Band, as well as a freelance French horn player, organist, composer, arranger, music editor/copyist and clinician. In January 2015 Trevor took the podium with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for KW Glee Live! – a joint concert with RSA’s pop show choir – for which wrote the orchestral arrangements. He currently teaches Musicianship Skills and French Horn Techniques at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he has also taught Orchestration and French Horn studio lessons.
Trevor holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition, a diploma in Performance, and a diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Master of Music degree in horn Performance from Western University. He has performed with the K-W Symphony, the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra London, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Windsor Symphony and Tafelmusik, as well as the Stratford Festival and Drayton Entertainment, among others.
Trevor’s arrangements have been commissioned and performed by orchestras, soloists, and chamber ensembles across Canada and around the world, and have been broadcast nationwide on CBC radio.
Youth Orchestra Program Coordinator
Phone: 519.745.4711, x 390