Al Cannon (Canada)

General information

Dr. Alexander Cannon is a conductor and trumpet player based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He has performed on trumpet with Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, the Turning Point Ensemble, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, the Vancouver  Metropolitan Orchestra, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, the Vancouver Chamber  Choir, the Vancouver Brass Project, and as a guest principal trumpet and soloist with regional orchestras since 2006. Cannon was a member of Cascades Brass Quintet in 2005-2006 when the ensemble won the Coleman-Sanderson Prize at the annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, CA.
From 2014-2017, Cannon conducted youth orchestras at the El Sistemainspired social program at the Saint James Music Academy in Vancouver.  He has recently attended conducting training sessions of Donald Schleicher and Larry Rachleff, and attended the 2017 Conductors’ and Composers’ Workshop at the 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, the 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 performer, conductor, freelance educator, arranger, and adjudicator. He is the Head of Brass at the Vancouver Academy of Music/SK Lee College, serves as the brass coach and an assistant conductor for the Symphonic Band of the West Vancouver Youth Band, and joined the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra as Assistant Conductor in the 2017-2018 season.